The Ministry of Culture and Tourism encourages, on a continuing basis, trans-national co-operation between arts and heritage institutions, professional associations, networks and other NGO actors in fields such as cultural policy, heritage protection, theatre, dance, film, music, etc. For example, the 10th anniversary meeting of the project “Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe” was held in Baku on 4-5 December 2008, with the participation of a number of eminent researchers from the Council of Europe countries and ISESCO area, offering an important opportunity for the promotion of intercultural dialogue and examining new opportunities for future trans-national co-operation.
Following the recommendations of the Council of Europe’s White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue and the Declaration of the Baku Conference of Ministers of Culture (2008), Azerbaijan is taking part in the “Artists for Dialogue” initiative conceived as a scheme for encouraging collaboration and co-operation between artists and cultural actors / mediators from Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and Central Asia, in a long-term perspective.
At present the Ministry of Culture and Tourism funds yearly membership fees to a number of international organisation and supports participation of Azerbaijan specialists at conferences of the European Music Council, World Congresses of Dance Researchers, European Council of Artists conferences, etc.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism supports national and international conferences and festivals organised by different professional communities. Support for international festivals are one element of direct professional cooperation by the Ministry, for example The International Mugham Festival (4th was held in 11-18 March 2015), The International Music Festival in memory of Uzeyir Hajibeyli (6th was organised in 18-28 September 2015), The International Qabala Music Festival (7th was held in 25-31 July, 2015), The International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival (7th – from12-18 May 2014).
The 7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) which was held in Baku, Azerbaijan (25-27 April 2016) can be mention as a brilliant example of international and even global cultural activity of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Global Forum, during which 40 discussions and panels were conducted, brought together more than 4 300 participants representing 147 countries, including Heads of State and Government, political officials, civil society representatives, religious and youth leaders, who exchanged their perspectives under the main theme on “Living Together in Inclusive Societies: A Challenge and A Goal.” Among the major outcomes from the Global Forum Baku 2016 was the unanimous adoption by delegations of the Baku Declaration, a political document that will guide future efforts towards achieving the goals of UNAOC – a body mandated to promote harmony among nations.