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Bellingham celebrates new sister city: Tsetserleg, Mongolia

Posted: October 7, 2011 3:46:57 PM PDT

The U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia will give a public presentation in Bellingham on Oct. 16, in celebration of Bellingham’s new sister city relationship with Tsetserleg, Mongolia. Tsetserleg is Bellingham’s seventh sister city.

Jonathan Addleton, U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia, will speak at 11 a.m. Oct. 16, 2011 at the Whatcom Museum, in the Rotunda Room at Old City Hall. His presentation will include information about Mongolian culture, the U.S./Mongolia relationship and Bellingham’s new sister City relationship with Tsetserleg, Mongolia.

A delegation from Bellingham, including board members from the Bellingham Sister Cities Association (BSCA), traveled to Mongolia in August to formalize the new sister city relationship.

Tsetserleg, with a population of approximately 25,000, is located in west central Mongolia. It is the administrative center for Arkhangai Province, a region featuring rolling steppe land, wild river systems and a traditional herding lifestyle. Economic activity in the area includes government services, a teacher’s college, tourism, cashmere production and herding.

On August 21, the delegation from Bellingham met with Tsetserleg Mayor D. Ulziisaikhan, Arkhangai Governor Ë Baatarbileg, and other Tsetserleg leaders to sign official sister city agreements (see documents linked below). Terry Carten, BSCA President, represented Mayor Dan Pike and Bellingham during the signing ceremony.

Representatives from Blue Sky Education Project and the Sound Essence Project joined the Bellingham delegation during the three-week journey through Mongolia. Both of these non-profit organizations are located in Bellingham and focus on providing educational scholarship assistance to Mongolian students and promoting cultural sustainability.

About the Bellingham Sister City Association
The Bellingham Sister City Association (BSCA) is an appointed City advisory board, advising the City on the establishment and maintenance of sister city relationships between Bellingham and other international cities. BSCA provides opportunities for the residents of Whatcom County to develop relationships and build a sense of community with the peoples of the Pacific Rim. This is accomplished through cultural exchanges, educational and charitable programs and community events.
Bellingham currently has seven established Sister Cities:

The Bellingham Sister City Association is part of Sister Cities International, established in 1956 by President Eisenhower in an effort to promote citizen diplomacy between the United States and other nations. 


More information:

Downloadable photo of signing ceremony

Sister City formation documents for Tsetserleg – Bellingham:

Sister City Agreement in English

Sister City Agreement in Mongolian

Sister Cities International Certificate

Bellingham Sister City Association

Media Contacts:
Terry Carten, Bellingham Sister City Association Board President, 360-739-1900

Janice Keller or Torhil Ramsay, City of Bellingham Mayor's Office, 360-778-8100 or



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