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
When Arriving at the Palais des Nations
To facilitate access to the premises for persons with disabilities, UNOG’s Security and Safety Service has implemented a standard procedure whereby priority access is automatically provided upon arrival at Pregny Gate. It is important to remember that external delegates, visitors and others can only access the Palais premises through Pregny Gate. After passing through the priority lane, Security Officers at Pregny Gate will issue a special badge for persons with disabilities that allows them to open the door that is accessible through the elevator on the side of the gate and exit through there. Along with the special badge, the Security Officers will also provide the visitors with a map of the Palais, which clearly indicating accessible doors, elevators and restrooms, and then they will guide them to the next accessible elevator and will explain to them how to get around. When exiting the building, visitors are instructed to return the special badge to Security. Visitors are also informed that if they leave after 7:30pm, they cannot exit with the badge using the special door anymore, but instead have to exit via the ramp and then calling for assistance, using the telephone at the top of the ramp next to the exit.
More information about procedures for external visitors and delegates can be found here.