|Mrs. Dalal Najimaldin|
Mrs. Najimaldin is the Coordination Officer of the Permanent Delegation of Iraq to UNESCO. She holds a French Language Certificate from the University of Baghdad, and is a graduate of the Sorbonne, where she received her Master’s in Comparative Literature and her doctorate in 17th and 18th century literature.
Her professional experience within UNESCO, especially in the fields of tangible and intangible heritage, has enriched her vision of the importance of cultural heritage to unite countries through their heritages and cultures. Since 2008, she has participated in several intergovernmental and international meetings relating to cultural issues in UNESCO, as well as the follow-up of several projects implemented by UNESCO in Iraq. Her experiences working on Silk Roads issues include representing Iraq at the World Silk Road Forum in Tashkent, Uzebekistan, where she presented a study entitled, “The Historical Role and Influence of the Silk Road on Cultures and Civilizations”(2008); preparing a round table during the World Heritage Committee meeting in Seville on Iraqi Cultural Heritage (2009); representing the Arab Group at The ASPAC Round Table about the Silk Road, where she presented a study entitled, “The Role of the Silk Road in the Rapprochement of Cultures” (2011); organizing an international exhibition on Iraqi Cultural Heritage Sites at UNESCO (2012); representing Iraq in the World Heritage Committee in Cambodia and participating in meetings for assessing the registration of sites on the World Heritage List (2013); and most recently representing Iraq in the UNESCO 1970 Subsidiary Committee meeting in Crete, Greece (2017). Since 2009, she has participated in all the meetings of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Return of Stolen Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin, and since 2014 she has represented Iraq in the working group of organizing Nowruz festivities at UNESCO, in cooperation with the Permanent Delegations of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, India, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.