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Accessibilité at UNOG

Accessibilité 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/).

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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 on the premises fully accessible, including equipping them with Braille key. UNOG has implemented wheelchair access to 16 restrooms in key locations of the different office buildings and the conference facilities, including the Cafeteria, and improved the signage, indicating accessible restroom and elevators, throughout the premises. Important access doors to the Palais des Nations, such as doors S1, S2, C21 and A15, were made accessible. Temporary access ramps and mobile mini-elevators are available upon request and priority parking spaces for persons with disabilities have been allocated.

UNOG has further installed automatic doors at the Bar Serpent area, the UN Medical Service and at the main cafeteria to make them fully accessible.

See here a map that indicates all conference rooms and accessible facilities at the Palais des Nations.

The aspect of accessibility has been fully integrated in the detailed implementation plan of UNOG’s renovation project, the Strategic Heritage Plan. The project will make all attempts to include the necessary features to eliminate barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from making use of the premises to the degree possible given heritage and budgetary constraints. It will strive to fully comply with local accessibility standards and meet the principles of universal design for the existing and new buildings.

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Check here for more information about access to the Palais des Nations for external visitors.