Accessibility at UNOG
The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) is committed to ensuring the accessibility of its premises, services and website to all its stakeholders, clients, visitors and other users, in accordance with Article 9 (g) of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and in support of that Convention.
UNOG is specifically committed to making its facilities and conferences accessible to, and inclusive of, persons with disabilities. UNOG is working to make its website accessible in accordance with the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/).
UNOG is investing great efforts to improve physical accessibility to the Palais des Nations for persons with disabilities. UNOG has made 18 out of its 45 elevators fully accessible in all the different buildings that constitute the Palais des Nations, 11 of which have also been equipped with Braille keys, and 6 of which have been equipped with audio, announcing floors in two languages (English, French). UNOG has further implemented wheelchair access to 13 restrooms in key areas of the different office buildings and the conference facilities, including the Cafeteria, and improved the signage, indicating accessible restroom and elevators, throughout the premises. Finally, several interpreter booths, stages, podiums, doors and gates have also been made fully accessible. Temporary access ramps and mobile mini-elevators are available upon request and priority parking spaces for persons with disabilities have been allocated.
Physical accessibility has been fully integrated in project activities and the detailed implementation plan of UNOG’s renovation project, the Strategic Heritage Plan. The project implementation will identify and eliminate barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from making full use of the premises and their surroundings and will comply with international standards.
To make it easier for persons with disabilities to find accessible doors, elevators and restrooms, a map of the premises has been developed, which clearly highlights the accessible features outlined above.
A map will soon be inserted here.
Accessibility Features During Conferences
For certain mandated meetings, UNOG provides accessibility services such as real-time captioning (the verbal proceedings of a meeting are typed in simultaneously on a screen in the conference room), hearing loops, sign language interpretation, and Braille documentation. To obtain further information, please contact directly the substantive secretariat of the meeting you are attending.
Webcasts of meetings with accessibility features are available on UN Web TV website.
When Arriving at the Palais des Nations
More information about procedures for external visitors and delegates can be found here.