World Day of Sister Cities is held annually on the last Sunday of April to decision of the World Federation of United Cities (World Federation of United Cities), founded in 1957.
World Federation of United Cities (UTO) — an international non-governmental organization whose purpose — to strengthen the friendly relations between the cities of different countries. Brings together more than 3,500 cities in more than 160 countries around the world (in 2000). UTO headquarters is in Paris.
The first agreement on friendship and cooperation between the towns of-the Allies was signed in 1942 between Stalingrad and the English city of Coventry — a city almost completely destroyed by the war.
In 1962, at the initiative of the World Federation of United Cities, it was decided to celebrate every year since 1963, the last Sunday of April, World Day for Sister Cities.
One of the first to establish extensive links Moscow (Photo: Kuzma, Shutterstock) In 1964, the Soviet twin towns united in the Association for Relations Soviet and foreign cities. She joined the Union of Soviet Societies of Friendship (USSF) and is a member of the World Federation of United Cities (UTO).
One of the first to establish broad connections Moscow. Today she is actively cooperating with dozens of foreign capitals. Moscow's nine regions are friends with the suburbs and districts of the capital of France and England.
St. Petersburg (formerly — Leningrad), a friend of Osaka, Manchester, Hamburg, Bombay, Volgograd — from Coventry, Port Said, Hiroshima, Dijon, Kiev — from Tampere, Kyoto, Florence, Baku — the capital of Senegal, Dakar.