Azerbaijan Observatory Mission
The website of the Informational Observatory on Cultural Policy of GUAM countries was created according to the principles and objectives of the Washington Declaration adopted at the GUAM Summit held on 24 April 1999; the Protocol on Cultural Co-operation among the GUAM partners, signed on 20 July 2002 in Yalta; the decision adopted at the GUAM Summit on 3-4 July 2003 in Yalta; International conference, entitled "East-West Intercultural Dialogue: creation of a cultural corridor" held on 9-10 July 2003 in Baku; as well as the recommendations adopted at the International Conference on Creation of Europe-Caucasus-Asia Cultural Policy Observatory of GUAM Countries held on 5-6 May 2005 in Baku.
The Protocol on co-operation of the Organization for democracy and economic cooperation - GUAM member-states in the cultural field for 2007-2010 years also implies improvement of regular exchange of information in order to widely lighten up the actual events of the cultural life and strengthen historical ties of nations in the frames of the Informational Observatory on Cultural Policy of GUAM countries.
The main goals and targets of the Informational Observatory on Cultural Policy of GUAM countries:
Support regional cultural co-operation through preservation of cultural heritage and promotion of art creativity;
Consolidate the understanding of common cultural and heritage values as contribution to the reinforcement of existing regional co-operation;
Promotion of intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and social stability of GUAM countries;
The study of the cultural policy innovative approaches in order to promote at national and international levels;
Provision of an operative exchange of information in the spheres of cultural policy, management and marketing as well as cultural tourism;
Contribution to realization of the Action Plan of UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity.
Azerbaijan Expected results:
Mainstreaming cultural diversity into cultural policy agendas at national and international levels, promotion of intercultural dialogue;
Contribution to the social stability and prosperity of the region by developing and implementation of common cultural programs and projects as well as cultural tourism routes;
Contribution to development of the traditional arts, crafts, languages and copyright by the means of promotion, legal protection and virtual marketing;
Effective co-operation between GUAM countries in the field of culture and tourism, exchange of information, experience and specialists, safeguarding of common cultural and natural heritage in Azerbaijan