International Relations Council

The International Relations Council of Riverside is comprised of local citizens, administered by a Board of Directors and Committee Members.  IRC Riverside works to bring world leaders and dignitaries to our community, provides business leaders an opportunity to share ideas and resources, and hosts forums for high school students to interact with and learn about the people from our Sister Cities.  IRC Riverside also fosters student exchange programs and membership travel to and from our Sister Cities and beyond.

We are citizen diplomats working in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and State Department and our region’s universities, businesses, community organizations and school districts (K-12) to enhance the global perspective of Riverside and strengthen relationships abroad.


Our Activities

  • Global Ties U.S. (formerly National Council for International Visitors)
  • Sister Cities International
  • Riverside Sister Cities
  • Professional meetings and programs
  • Cultural exchanges (Youth and Senior)
  • Home hospitality



Our Global Ties U.S. committee is part of a network of over 100 diverse communities and national organizations.

Our Global Ties committee arranges professional and cultural meetings for international officials and industry leaders visiting Riverside and the Inland Empire. These programs are sponsored by the United States Information Agency and the Agency for International Development.


We are an affiliate of the Sister Cities International Organization, a non-profit network dedicated to creating harmonious partnerships between U.S. and foreign cities to increase global understanding. Sister Cities International brings together citizens and influential world leaders to promote cultural and educational bonds and global economic development