Your message is important, and UN interpreters play an essential role in getting your point across in UN meetings. But our interpreters depend on adequate sound quality to serve you in this way.
Unfortunately, many platforms and tools for remote meetings make it extremely difficult to achieve sound that complies with the relevant standards, the ISO standards. Not only is adequate sound essential for getting your message across, it’s also critical to protect interpreters' hearing and health from potentially permanent harm.
Through a few simple actions, you can contribute to better quality sound and thus maximise the chances of the interpreters being able to hear and interpret you fully, whilst simultaneously minimizing the risk to their health. On this page, the Department of Conference Management (DCM) has curated a list of resources to help you achieve reasonable sound quality for your next remote meeting.
This series of short video tutorials can help you choose the right tools and environment to deliver your message effectively and can help our interpreters better hear and interpret your words. For more written guidance on ensuring quality sound, consult this page on best practices.
Ensure a strong internet connection
Choosing the right device
Choosing the right setting
Why we don't recommend earphones with built-in microphones
Why we don't recommend built-in computer microphones
Why we don't recommend wireless microphones
Helpful tips to remember during your meeting
How to improve your on-screen image
Why silence your notifications?
Dos & Don'ts for VC-equipped rooms