DENVER – Today Mayor Michael B. Hancock hosted a meeting with Mayor Endeniin Bat-Uul and other dignitaries representing Denver’s sister city Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The meeting focused on updating and enhancing the Ulaanbaatar Denver Sister Cities Annual Plan to build upon past and current successes.
“For over two decades, Denver has enjoyed strong bilateral ties with the city of Ulaanbaatar,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Today, we deepen our commitment to Ulaanbaatar by working on a plan to maximize economic development opportunities, to create a system for sharing best practices on city management and to seek innovative ways to increase student and cultural exchanges.”
In 1989, after two Mongolian students came to study at the Colorado School of Mines, the nonprofit Mongolia Project was formed to engineer a Sister City, or as Mongolians call it a Brother City, relationship between Ulaanbaatar and Denver. After several economic development and cultural exchanges by elected officials and business owners from the two cities, a resolution was passed by the Denver City Council in 2001 to officially create the Sister City relationship.
“Outside of Mongolia, Denver is home to one of the largest Mongolian populations in the United States,” said Mayor Endeniin Bat-Uul. “That’s why we are thrilled about the bold plans we have to further existing economic, cultural and government relationships with the city of Denver and to forge new ones.”
Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International serves as the national membership organization for individual sister cities, counties and states across the United States. Even before the association’s official launch, Denver established its first Sister City connection with Brest, France, in 1948, forming only the second Sister City relationship in the nation. Today, Denver Sister Cities International, an affiliate of the national Sister Cities organization, works to build bridges across four continents, eleven municipal governments, at least fifteen languages and nearly twenty million city dwellers.
“From the trailblazers who worked to establish the Sister City relationship between Denver and Ulaanbaatar to the dedication of the City of Ulaanbaatar Park in 2008, we have remained steadfast in making sure our Mongolian brothers and sisters feel welcome and supported in the Mile High City,” said Derek Okubo, Human Rights and Community Partnerships Director.
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