You can check out other international activities in the region in our 'corner'
- 2014 IVC & Philadelphia's Sister Cities Program and Tianjin, China share U.S.-China Sister Cities award for Youth Porgramming.
- 2013 Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia named *IVC named a "Dare to Understand Community Organization Partner"
- 2012 Temple University Global Philadelphia Award
- 2011 Independence Charter School's Global Citizen Award
- 2009 Preservation Alliance's Community Action Award (for our work on the Chinatown Friendship Gate)
- 2005 Consular Corps Global Leadership Award
- 2004 Human Rights Award from the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission
- Did you know that the network of 95 Councils across the U.S. was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for its work with the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program?
*Formely IVC, now CDI
Protocol Tips from the Master: IVC's Chief of Protocol, Robert Frye, has begun a new special feature for us with stories from his 25+ years in protocol - as Chief of Protocol in Iraq and at AT&T and Lucent.
Sister Cities Opportunities! Sister Cities in France and Russia have invited Philadelphians to participate in special programs. Read about it here...
Read some fascinating reminiscences from our founders & friends.
BE PART OF THE NATION-WIDE NETWORK nominated for the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. Help us promote a more positive image of the U.S. and region through one-on-one interaction with important guests visiting through U.S. Department of State exchanges and Philadelphia's Sister Cities Program. Welcome guests from abroad into your office to share your experise, or into your home to share a more personal American experience.
Citizen Diplomats welcome strangers and send home friends. Click here to join CDI. And click here to register for the October 2nd First Thursday.
JOIN CDI TODAY and bring international relations into your life.
What is IVC - NOW CDI - Citizen Diplomacy International?
We are the region's international relations organization - our work is known as "citizen diplomacy."
- Our work engages the public in playing a personal role in foreign affairs.
- Through our friendly "citizen diplomats" (like you), we create a warm and welcoming environment for our guests from abroad.
Do you care about how the United States is viewed around the world?
If so, then it's time you were involved with us! Since 1954 we have been the official host for the U.S. Department of State's highest exchange, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). We are part of a unique citizen diplomacy network of 95 Councils throughout the U.S. that receives established and emerging leaders from 150+ countries visiting the U.S. as guests of our government. Participants on the IVLP travel to up to five U.S. cities where they meet their professional counterparts and experience American life. They have informal dinners with families in homes and attend local cultural events in each city. Their carefully-designed programs allow visitors to see the country first-hand so they can form their own opinions of the U.S., its policies and people. Past visitors include F.W. de Klerk, Hamid Karzai, Willie Brandt, Nicolas Sarkozy and 290+ others who later became heads of Government. Unlike other government-sponsored exchanges, this program is by invitation only.
This network of 95 Councils and 100,000+ citizen diplomats was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.
The International Visitor Leadership Program - @StateIVLP and #IVLP - It's why we exist.
Check out who's coming to town on the IVLP! Look at our hosting opportunities (hosting is an exclusive benefit for our members) to share an American experience with our guests. If you're already a member and would like to be a citizen diplomat by hosting, contact Lissa Morinsky at 215.683.0995 or email her here.
Click Interested in perception changes from this great program? Click here to read some interesting comments by State Department interpreters about several past visitors and visitor groups. Who are the former visitors who became heads of Government? Click below to find out.
Are you a CDI Member?
CDI is international relations as it should be: one person, one handshake at a time.
Making friends leads to peace - it really is that simple. CDI gives you a tangible way to make friends & provide an accurate image of the U.S. abroad. You can be a participant, by joining CDI Philadelphia today! You can also support our work by making a donation.
IVC visitor from 2005 shares 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Yemini journalist is first Arab woman winner and visited Philadelphia in July 2005 on the State Department's prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program. See who she met.
What is Citizen Diplomacy?
In a vibrant democracy, it is the right - if not the obligation - of each citizen to help shape U.S. foreign relations - "one handshake at a time." Read an article on U.S. public diplomacy.
First Thursday Receptions!
Now in their 15th year, these informal and very, very, very friendly monthly receptions are THE place to be on the first Thursday of the month. They are all held at the beautiful Courtyard Marriott, across from City Hall. There's no First Thursday in January or July.
Make friends. Make peace.
It's really that simple.
You can EXPAND YOUR WORLD and be personally involved in international relations through our Citizen Diplomacy work.
Our goal is to engage you, and as many others as we can, to help us build friendships around the world. By meeting with
our guests from abroad you can change perceptions created by a negative world media.
Making friends leads to peace. And you can play an important role in it.
Make a donation today to CDI's annual Campaign for Peace & Understanding. DONATE HERE.
CDI is part of the Global Ties Citizen Diplomacy network of 95 Councils nominated for the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.
At IVC we welcome strangers... and send home friends.
CDI is a designated United Way recipient. Our number is 00685.
The next First Thursday reception is October 2nd
At the 60th Annual Meeting IVC's name was changed to Citizen Diplomacy International. The name was announced with the help of Chris Miner from the U.S. Department of State (she is far right on the first photo). Outgoing Chairman, John W. Goldschmidt, Jr., Esq. (left, in third photo) serves until June 30 and will remain on the Executive Committee. Tom Jennings, Esq. (to the right of Nancy Gilboy) was elected as incoming Chairman for FY 15. The 100+ attendees were invited to sign the historic 'document' of this important name change.
We have officially changed from the International Visitors Council of Philadelphia to
Citizen Diplomacy International!
It will take some time as we convert everything from
"IVC" to our new name, so keep watching!
Click here for Nancy's letter about why we changed the name!
*International Visitors Council of Philadelphia - now CITIZEN DIPLOMACY INTERNATIONAL
Make friends. Make contacts. Make peace.®
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Congratulations to two young talented women who are the Grand Prize International winners of the 2014 Sister Cities International Young Artists Showcase, for their artwork titled “Exciting Plenair.” Holding the winning entry is our own Katy Drinnkwater. The winners, students Julia Sokolova & Irina Generalsakya are from our Russian Sister City, Nizhny Novgorod, will share the cash prize of $1,000. Their work will be on display at the Sister Cities International 2014 Annual Conference in San Jose, CA July 31-August 2 and then will go on a tour to several cities across the U.S. - and hopefully to Philadelphia!