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United Nations Publications is releasing for the first time a suite of accessible e-books for the visually impaired and people with print reading disabilities. The pilot program will launch with four UN publications: three related to the United Nations and its work, and one related to the topic of disability and development. A multilingual title is included in this collection to reach audiences in the six official UN languages.

Once converted into accessible e-books, readers with specialized screen reader programs will be able to hear the books spoken with a speech synthesizer. By pressing various commands on a keyboard, users can perform tasks that instruct the display or the synthesizer to read aloud anything they choose on screen. All graphics that appear in the accessible ebooks (figures, tables, maps, photos) are provided with alt text that describe the appearance, content, or function of the image and which are read aloud when prompted by the reader.

Disability and Development Report: Realizing the Sustainable Development Goals by, for and with Persons with Disabilities
This UN flagship report is the first publication to address, at the global level, the nexus between disability and the Sustainable Development Goals. It is also the first global analysis based on an unprecedented amount of data, legislation and policies from over 100 countries to understand the socio-economic circumstances of persons with disabilities and the challenges and barriers they face in their daily lives. Available Soon!


The Essential UN
As the world’s only truly universal global organization, the United Nations has become the foremost forum to address issues that transcend national boundaries. This authoritative reference provides a comprehensive introduction and overview of the work of the UN in key areas of international peace and security, economic and social development, human rights, and humanitarian action.


Charter of the United Nations and Statute of the International Court of Justice
Signed in 1945 by 51 countries representing all continents, the Charter of the United Nations paved the way for the creation of the United Nations and articulated a commitment to uphold human rights of citizens. The Statute of the International Court of Justice forms part of the Charter. Among the aims of the Charter is to save humanity from war; to reaffirm human rights and the dignity and worth of the human person; to proclaim the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small; and to promote the prosperity of all humankind.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Dignity and Justice for All Book Cover

Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Dignity and Justice for All
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is the first international agreement setting out freedoms, rights and entitlements for all humanity to claim. It emphasizes the inextricable relationship between fundamental freedoms and social justice, and their connection with peace and security. This edition presents the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in all six official United Nations languages.

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