The United Nations Medal honors military personnel who carry out service in a joint United Nations operation, including support for peacekeeping, humanitarian aid, or following a natural disaster. To qualify, terms of service must last a minimum of 90 days. The first United Nations medal was awarded for service in the Korean War.
The medal is bronze and features the United Nations emblem of a globe encircled by a laurel wreath. The letters “UN” appear at the top of the medal. The ribbon is blue and features a thin vertical white stripe toward each edge.
Service in multiple operations may be indicated by clasps, numerals, or service stars.