Accessibility policy
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is committed to making its websites accessible, whenever possible, to all users regardless of physical ability, technical knowledge, or availability of specific non-standard software, code interpreters, or plug-ins.

This website conforms to basic web accessibility recommendations and standards and has been tested with various assistive technologies. We continually review our site and modify pages to remove accessibility problems for people with disabilities and to make information more accessible for all users. All of our content is checked for plain English, and we aim to use a written style that is straightforward and understandable.

During the development process, our designers followed the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 to ensure that the site would be accessible. The site uses valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS 2.0.

What does that mean in practice?
We follow a list of accessibility guidelines when designing web sites and their content. This includes:

  • Follow current web standards and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS1);
  • Maintain a standard layout and navigation system throughout;
    Use headings, lists and website structure in a consistent manner, including CSS to control the website's style;
  • Avoid the use of frames;
  • Allow visitors to resize all text;
  • Use plain backgrounds to improve the readability of text;
  • Avoid excessive images, image maps and use of animation material;
  • Use alt attributes on all images, and title or longdesc attributes where appropriate, and ensure that all alt, title and longdesc attributes are meaningful;
  • Design layouts to work satisfactorily at a range of screen resolutions;
  • Ensure all hyperlinks use descriptive and meaningful text, avoiding short-hand language like 'Click here';
  • Always provide an alternative to scripts, applets or plug-ins or other controls which rely on client device capability;
  • Test on the Windows and MAC platforms and numerous browsers;
  • Use various accessibility checklists and guidelines, including those at the W3C Accessibility Initiative.

Site preferences
The World Volunteer Web has been designed to allow you some flexibility over the way it looks, a step towards ensuring our content is accessible to every user. Please note that to use these tools you must have cookies enabled on your browser.

Text size
You can change the size of the text on the World Volunteer Web in two ways:

  1. If you use a graphical browser which supports javascript you can use the text size tool in the top right hand corner of the screen for minor text size adjustments. This provides access to 3 text sizes which should suit many users. 
  2. To change the size more dramatically please use your browser's built-in text size controls:
    • For Microsoft Internet Explorer use the 'View' menu, select 'Text size' and then choose a size from the list provided.
    • For Mozilla or Firefox use the 'View' menu, and select 'Increase text size' or 'Decrease text size' as required. 
    • For Netscape 6.x use the 'View' menu, select 'Text size' and then choose a size from the list provided.

We are always working to improve the World Volunteer Web. If you encounter a problem accessing our site, or if you would like to provide feedback, please contact us at

About accessibility

We encourage our users to learn more about accessibility and apply basic accessibility guidelines to their own websites. There are many resources on the Web about accessibility, but we recommend the following sites as starting points:

The W3C Accessibility Initiative 

The National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) 

Project EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information) 

World Institute on Disability 

Bobby (A tool for testing website accessibility)

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