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Sister Cities: Chapel Hill & San Cristobal

Chapel Hill mayor Mark Kleinschmidt participates in a "sister city" ceremony inaugurating the relationship between Chapel Hill and Isla San Cristobal.

As part of the events surrounding the dedication of the Galapagos Science Center, Chapel Hill and the island of San Cristobal have begun a sister city relationship.

Zapata Kleinschmidt handshakeAt a ceremony at the Charles Darwin Convention Center in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal's primary town, Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt and San Cristobal mayor Pedro Zapata presented a jointly prepared "Resolution Establishing A Sister City Relationship With The Community Of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island, Galapagos Archipelago, Ecuador."

Also present in the ceremony were Holden Thorp and Santiago Gangotena, chancellors of UNC and USFQ, respectively, U.S. Congressman David Price (NC-4), Governor of the Province of Galapagos Jorge Torres, and USFQ Dean for Research Diego Quiroga.

Both mayors discussed the vision for the towns' relationship, including cultural exchange activities between the two towns among the students, teachers, civic leaders, business people, and citizens.

The sister city relationship will "will further bind Chapel Hill and San Cristobal Island, encourage good will and promote the shared commitment to the Galapagos Islands and the mission of Universidad San Francisco de Quito and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill."