Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce will travel to Houston, Texas, July 18–20 to attend the 2019 Sister Cities International Conference. Assistant Secretary Royce will connect with U.S. mayors, community leaders, local business people, and citizen diplomats to explore how cities can maximize their resources to become a more globalized society.

During her visit, Assistant Secretary Royce will present the Sister Cities International Arts and Culture awards and provide keynote luncheon remarks. She will attend the 2019 Sister Cities International awards dinner and gala, as well as the opening Mayor’s Reception. Sister Cities International’s Youth Leadership Summit participants will present Assistant Secretary Royce with a certificate of appreciation for promoting peace through people-to-people relationships.

Sixteen foreign government officials, advocates, and civic leaders will join Assistant Secretary Royce at the conference as a culmination of their International Visitor Leadership Program on city-to-city diplomacy and global engagement. For further information, contact ECA-Press@state.gov. Follow along on Twitter at @ECA_AS.

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