Kansas City is home to an array of vibrant and diverse international communities that have been seamlessly incorporated into the “melting pot” that is so characteristic of the American experience. Its geographical size coupled with the social influences of its Midwest location means that Kansas City can offer a unique opportunity for its various cultural groups to both expand and interact freely.
As a token of the esteem in which Kansas City holds international relationships in the community Kansas City’s Sister Cities Association has sought to facilitate and maintain relationships with the International Community for over 50 years. Starting in 1967 the Sister Cities Association has highlighted ties between Kansas City and cities such as Seville, Spain, Kurashiki, Japan, and Morelia, Mexico.
Kansas City is also home to a number of embassies, consulates, and international organizations that provide vital resources to resident travelers and visitors alike.
The International Relations Council (IRC) is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, and serves the Greater Kansas City area. IRC is the region's leading organization for world affairs programming for all ages. Since its founding in 1954, IRC has hosted many world leaders, including cabinet level officials, ambassadors and leaders from business, media, and politics. For further details, please see the Directory.
The Kansas City International Visitors Council (KCIVC) is a member of the National Council for International Visitors which is composed of 92 International Visitors Councils across the United States. These councils have a special relationship with the U.S. Department of State in coordinating visits for over 4,500 individuals selected by the Department of State. For further details please see the Directory.
People to People International (PTPI), with headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri USA, was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on September 11, 1956 as a not-for-profit organization to advance international understanding and friendship, tolerance and world peace between people of all nations through direct people-to-people contacts. For further details please see the Directory.
The Sister City Association of Kansas City represents 12 cities on four continents that have established close cultural and economic relationships with Kansas City building on the idea conceived by President Dwight Eisenhower and Kansas City's own Joyce Hall. For further details, please see the Directory.
The United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City supports the goals and ideals of the United Nations by encouraging participation in Model UN programs in area schools, selecting the Kansas City World Citizen of the Year, honoring UN Peace Keepers Day and other activities.In recent years, UNA-GKC has worked closely with the World Food Program. For further details, please see the Directory.
The Global Midwest Initiative (GMI) is a regional effort to promote interstate dialogue between government, business, and civic leaders about how best to respond to, benefit from, and shape global forces. Through a series of conferences, seminars, publications, and policy briefs GMI aims to serve as a resource for those interested in the Midwest’s ability to navigate today’s global landscape. For further details, please see the Directory.