Making Accessible Websites for the United Nations

Web accessibility: a General Assembly mandate

In order to make information on the United Nations and its activities available to the widest range of audiences, and in keeping with resolutions of the General Assembly, the Department of Public Information (DPI) is actively pursuing accessibility of the United Nations website by persons with disabilities. The objective of DPI is to comply with the Web Content Accessibility guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium standards, which at the present time are the only standards with worldwide recognition.

More and more websites of the United Nations include several features designed to improve accessibility for users with disabilities, following the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) of the World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative (W3C WAI).

These accessibility features benefit users with temporary or long-term disabilities, including those who are blind or have low-vision, limited mobility, hearing disabilities, and those who require adjustments due to characteristics associated with aging or limiting environments.

Some of these features are:

Laptop computer displaying United Nations Logo and Accesibility Icons

To improve the overall accessibility of the United Nations website, DPI has developed a set of guidelines.

Please note that official United Nations documentation is managed through a separate system and stored in PDF format, which may not provide full accessibility.