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United Nations Medals - The United Nations Special Service Medal

Obverse View

The United Nations Special Service Medal obverse view

Reverse View

The United Nations Special Service Medal reverse view

About the United Nations Special Service Medal

The United Nations Special Service Medal (UNSSM) was created in 1995 to recognise United Nations service of at least 90 days duration by military personnel and civilian police for which no other award is authorised. Approval has been given for New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel to wear the United Nations Special Service Medal for service in the following United Nations missions:

The medal is bronze with an image of the globe (centred on the North Pole) surrounded by a wreath of leaves on the front (obverse). The letters ‘UN’, in capitals, sit above the image of the globe. On the reverse are the words "IN THE SERVICE OF PEACE".  This is the same medal design as used for the United Nations Medal.

About the ribbon

The colours of the ribbon for the UNSSM are light blue in the centre and white on the edges, which are the basic colours of the United Nations. These colours represent service in the field under United Nations auspices that was not with a specific peacekeeping operation.

Further Information

Further information on the United Nations Special Service Medal can be found on the Canadian Forces website.

Clasps and Bars

The guidelines for the United Nations Special Service Medal state that a bar with the name of the United Nations Organization or country may be awarded with the United Nations Special Service Medal.  To the best of the NZDF's knowledge, only three clasps have actually been created for, or issued with, the United Nations Special Service Medal:

Numerals

Numerals are not awarded for the UNSSM.

Order of Wear

An example of the position of the United Nations Special Service Medal in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table can be viewed here.  The position of wear of the United Nations Special Service Medal for each individual will vary depending on when an individual qualified for the United Nations Special Service Medal.  As for Campaign and War medals, United Nations medals are worn in order of the date an individual qualified for each award.

Media statements concerning service by New Zealand personnel on United Nations missions recognised by the United Nations Special Service Medal