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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 standardsNot 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.


These infographics provide a clear, visual overview of remote conferencing best practices.


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

Recommended 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