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REGULATIONS FOR THE UNITED NATIONS MEDAL

UNITED NATIONS

New York

ST/SGB/199/Rev. 1

16 February 1966

REGULATIONS FOR THE UNITED NATIONS MEDAL

I. UNITED NATIONS MEDAL

The Secretary-General hereby establishes a United Nations medal for award, subject to these Regulations, to military personnel who are or have been in the service of the United Nations.

II. DESCRIPTION

  • The medal shall be round in form and shall bear the emblem of the United Nations and the letters “U.N.”. The Secretary-General shall determine the further specifications of the medal
  • The medal shall be suspended from a ribbon. The Secretary-General shall determine the specifications of the ribbon.
  • The ribbon, when worn as a service ribbon, shall be a strip of ribbon identical with that from which the medal shall be suspended of a length to conform with applicable regulations of the national governments of the recipients.

III. WEARING

The wearing of the medal and the service ribbon, or of miniatures thereof on a scale of one half, shall be governed by the applicable regulations of the national governments of the recipients.

IV. ELIGIBILITY

  • The Secretary-General shall from time to time, as appropriate, designate:
    • The United Nations organs in respect of service with which the medal and service ribbon shall be awarded;
    • The period of service with each such organ which shall be required as qualifying service for the purposes of these Regulations, with the understanding, however, that a period of qualifying service shall not be required for the posthumous award of the medal to personnel killed, or presumed killed, while on United Nations assignment.
    • The personnel of each such organ who shall be deemed to be military personnel for the purposes of these Regulations.
  • Subject to the designations made pursuant to section 1 of this Regulation, any military personnel who have completed a period of qualifying service with a United Nations organ shall be eligible to receive the medal and service ribbon, provided they have not been convicted of serious mis-conduct or crimes during the period of their assignment with the United Nations.
  • Exceptions to designations under sections 1(b) and 1(c) of this Regulation may be made by the Secretary-General in individual cases in order to establish eligibility not otherwise existing where he believes that the circumstances so warrant.

V. APPROVAL BY NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS

  • All awards of the medal and the service ribbon shall be subject to the approval of the national governments concerned. The Secretary-General shall provide the national governments concerned with lists of the personnel eligible under these Regulations to receive the medal and service ribbon.
  • The administrative procedures to be followed in respect of the issue of medals and service ribbons shall be agreed upon between the Secretary-General and the national governments concerned.

VI. POSTHUMOUS AWARDS AND AWARDS TO REPATRIATED PERSONNEL

  • If a person who is eligible for the award of the medal and the service ribbon in accordance with these Regulations dies before receiving them, the national government concerned shall make the award posthumously as appropriate, in accordance with its own administrative arrangements.
  • If a person who is eligible for the award of the medal and the service ribbon in accordance with these Regulations is repatriated before receiving them, the national government concerned shall make the award as appropriate, in accordance with its own administrative arrangements.

VII. ISSUE OF MEDALS AND RIBBONS

  • The Secretary-General may designate persons who, acting on his behalf, shall, subject to the provisions of Regulation V, issue the medals and the service ribbons to personnel eligible under Regulation IV who are, at the time of issue, serving with a United Nations organ.
  • Supplies of the medal and the service ribbon shall be made available to national governments concerned by the Secretary-General and shall be issued by them on behalf of the Secretary-General in accordance with their own administrative arrangements to or on behalf of all eligible personnel referred to in Regulation VI.

VIII. AMENDMENTS

The Secretary-General may amend any of these regulations or any of the designations made pursuant to these regulations.

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