The International Organization of Turkic Culture TURKSOY is the UNESCO of the Turkic World and was established in 1993 upon signature of its founding agreement by the Ministers of Culture of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Turkey.
The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the autonomous republics of the Russian Federation, Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Altai, Sakha, Tyva, Khakassia and Gagauzia (Moldova) joined TURKSOY as member states with an observer status. Since its establishment, TURKSOY has been carrying out activities to strengthen the ties of brotherhood and solidarity among Turkic peoples, transmit the common Turkic culture to future generations and introduce it to the world.
Since 1993, TURKSOY has been carrying out its activities under the auspices of the Heads of States of its member states with their approval and appreciation.
TURKSOY carries out its activities in coordination with the Turkic Council, the Turkic Academy and the Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation. TURKSOY also cooperates with UNESCO and ISESCO, which it shares the same principles and goals with. Besides, TURKSOY carries out various cooperation activities with many municipalities, universities and non-governmental organizations.