The Ministry of Culture and Tourism drafts and implements bilateral and multilateral foreign cultural policy, in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is the central executive body in Azerbaijan that is responsible for realisation of all international relations and cooperation issues. The Republic of Azerbaijan regards the development and strengthening of international standard-setting activity as a matter of high importance and has, accordingly, acceded to a number of international conventions with a vital bearing on the secure and extensive cultural interchange with other countries – which demands compliance with up-to-date standards of international law.
Cultural Centres under Embassies of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Paris (France) and Vienna (Austria) were established according to the Decrees of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.
The Republic of Azerbaijan has signed (15/02/2010) the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The main ministries dealing with implementation of this Convention are the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the National Commission of the Republic of Azerbaijan for UNESCO.