The presentation of "Information Observatory on Cultural Policy of GUAM Countries" website created by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, with the support of UNESCO Moscow Office was held on 19 December 2007 in the Museum Center of Baku in the frames of joint meeting of the experts of Working Group on Cultural Cooperation of GUAM Countries.
The presentation was opened by the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan Abulfas Garayev. The National Coordinator of GUAM Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs - A.Azimov, representatives of National Commission for UNESCO of the Republic of Azerbaijan and GUAM Secretariat, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassadors of Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, as well as the representatives of USA, Poland, Korea, Romania, Lithuania and Japan Embassies, the Heads of International Relations Departments of the Ministries of Culture of GUAM Countries, members of major cultural institutions and mass media were among the guests of the event.
The creation of "Information Observatory on cultural Policy of GUAM Countries" website containing the information dedicated to cultural topics of GUAM nations will provide qualified exchange of information, practice and specialists in the spheres of cultural policy, management and marketing, as well as cultural tourism, and will open new opportunities for the implementation of joint programs and projects.
Apart form this, the development of "Information Observatory on cultural policy of GUAM Countries" website is a significant contribution by the Ministries of Culture of GUAM Countries to the implementation of the Action Plan of UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity.
Among the main topics, discussed during the joint meeting of Working Group on Cultural Cooperation of GUAM Countries was the future functioning of virtual Observatory on Cultural Policy of GUAM countries, as well as mechanisms of implementation of the Protocol on cooperation in the cultural field of GUAM Countries for 2007-2010.