This medal (pictured below) was authorized by the Secretary Generalof the United Nations on July 30, 1959, and approved by ExecutiveOrder 11139, Jan. 7, 1964 for award to service members who have been in the service of the United Nations, for a period of not less than six months, with one of the following: United Nations Observation Group in Lebanon (UNOGIL); United Nations Truce Supervisory Organization in Palestine (UNTSO); United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) and United Nations Security Forces, Hollandia (UNSFH); United Nations Forces in the Congo,now Zaire (UNUC); United Nations Temporary Authority in New Guinea(UNTEA); United Nations Yemen Observer Mission (UNYOM); United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP); United Nations Emergency Forceto observe the Israeli-Egyptian Cease-fire (UNEF 2); United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF); United Nations Interim Forcein Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the United Nations General Service Headquarters in New York. The medal is the same for all awards, each area of service is identified by a different ribbon. Other organizations may be designated by the world situation requires, and this medal will probably continue to be awarded for future operations.
In the center of the obverse of this bronze medal is the emblem of the United Nations, a polar projection map of the world taken from the North Pole, with grid lines, encircled by a wreath of olive leaves. Centered above this are the letters, "UN."The reverse of the medal has the inscription, "In the Service of Peace."
The medal most commonly awarded to United States personnel would be the United Nations Observation Group in Lebanon (UNOGIL) and the United Nations Truce Supervisory Organization in Palestine (UNTSO), the ribbon is identical for these services.
The ribbon is United Nations blue (light blue), with a narrow white stripe one quarter inch from each edge.