UN Special Service Medal (UNSSM)



This medal was established in June 1995 to recognize those personnel serving the United Nations in capacities other than established peace-keeping missions and United Nations Headquarters.

Eligibility and Criteria

This medal is awarded for 90 days consecutive service for the following UN missions:


A circular bronze alloy medal, 1.4 inches (35mm) in diameter,

on the obverse, the representation of the UN symbol surmounted by the straight letters UN, both in bas-relief.

on the reverse, Inscription bearing the words, "IN THE SERVICE OF PEACE" in English (and only in English).

A 0.5 inch (12mm) bronze ring, which holds the ribbon, passes through a small hollow ball at the top of a claw joined to the top of the medal.

The colour combination consists of a large UN blue stripe framed between two white stripes.



There is a bar produced for some of the missions recognized by this medal, the bar bears the name of the country or name of the UN organisation concerned (e.g. UNAMA). These bars are not created centrally by the UN but rather approved and produced locally by the missions and therefore bars are not created for every mission and those created vary in design and quality.


The medal shall be worn in sequence prescribed in the Canadian Orders, Decorations and Medals Directive, and in the following manner:

on the left breast, suspended from the ribbon described above, after the UNMISS medal and before the UNHQ medal.


The use of a post-nominal is not authorized for this medal.

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