UNITED NATIONS MEDALS
DAG HAMMARSKJOLD MEDAL
The Secretary-General established the Dag Hammarskj÷ld medal for posthumous award to members of peacekeeping operations who lost their lives during service with a peacekpeeping operation under the operational control and authority of the United Nations. For details see the Secretary-General's bulletin (ST/SGB/2000/15).

General Information

1. GENERAL
This document is intended to provide interested parties with a general description of the UN medals and accompanying ribbons. Where applicable, and available, an outline of the significance of the colours used for a particular ribbon is provided, an indication of the qualifying time necessary for each and a listing of the countries who provided troops, observers or police.

2. ESTABLISHMENT
The Secretary-General has established the UN medal for award, subject to the Regulations for the United Nations Medal (ST/SGB/119/Rev.1, 16 February 1966), to military personnel and civilian police who are or have been in the service of the UN. The Secretary-General establishes the specifications of the medal and the ribbon on which it is suspended. A copy of the Regulations for the United Nations Medal is attached for reference.

3. DEFINITIONS
Terms used throughout this document are defined as follows:

  1. Medal - In common usage, this term is used to indicate both the bronze medallion and the ribbon from which it is suspended. Commonly, the name of a specific mission will be prefixed, hence, the "UNDOF Medal" etc. In correct usage, this term refers to the medallion only.

  2. Ribbon - Length of material woven into a narrow band, of specific colour(s) from which is suspended a bronze medallion only.

  3. Standard - Indicates the current bronze medallion issued with a specific ribbon, indicating service with a particular peacekeeping mission.

4. MEDALS
In this context, the reference is to the bronze medallion. A total of three medallions have been issued to denote service with UN peacekeeping and other missions. The three are:

  1. Korea - A bronze medallion bearing on the obverse the representation of the UN symbol in bas-relief and, on the reverse, the wording "FOR SERVICE IN THE DEFENCE OF THE PRINCIPLES OF THE CHARTER OF THE UNITED NATIONS", also in bas-relief. The medallion is attached to the ribbon by means of a bar which bears the name "KOREA" in bas-relief. The wording shown may be in English, French, Spanish, Danish, Greek, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Sanskrit or Turkish.

  2. UNEF - A bronze medallion bearing on the obverse the representation of the UN symbol surmounted by the letters "UNEF", both in bas-relief and, on the reverse, the words "IN THE SERVICE OF PEACE" in bas-relief.

  3. Standard - A bronze medallion bearing on the obverse the representation of the UN symbol surmounted by the letters "UN" both in bas-relief and, on the reverse, the words "IN THE SERVICE OF PEACE" in bas-relief. This standard medallion is used for all missions except the two mentioned above.

5. MISSIONS AND MEDALS
All medals listed below are considered peacekeeping medals. To date, the following medals have been established:

MINUGUA   MINURCA   MINURSO   MINUSTAH   MONUC/MONUSCO   ONUC   ONUCA   ONUMOZ  ONUSAL   UNAMET / UNTAET   UNAMIC   UNAMIR   UNAVEM   UNDOF  UNEFUNEF II   UNFICYP   UNIFIL   UNIIMOG   UNIKOM   UNHQ   UNMEE  UNMIBH   UNMIH / UNSMIH / UNTMIH / MIPONUH / MICAH   UNMIK  UNMIL   UNMOGIP   UNMOP   UNMOT   UNOMIG   UNOMIL   UNOMSIL / UNAMSIL  UNOMUR   UNOSOM   UNPREDEP   UNPROFOR   UNPSG   UNSSM  UNTAC UNTAES   UNTAG   UNTEA  UNTSO  UNYOM