The United Nations Iraq/Kuwait Observation Mission was established by Security Council Resolution 687 in April of 1991.
PURPOSE OF THE MISSION
The UNIKOM was established to monitor the Khor Abdullah and a demilitarized zone established between the States of Iraq and Kuwait.
This mission has been in effect since April of 1991.
The United Nations Medal with this ribbon design was awarded to personnel of the Armed Forces of the United States who served for a period of not less than 90 days
The design of the medal was specified by the United Nations.
ORDER OF PRECEDENCE
The order of precedence for wearing the United Nations Medal is set by the national government of the recipients. In the case of the United States, this medal is worn after the UN Korean Medal and before the NATO Medal for "Former Yugoslavia."
Additional awards of any United Nations medal are denoted by bronze stars.
DESCRIPTION AND SYMBOLISM
The is the standard United Nations medal. The emblem of the United Nations is shown in the center of a bronze medallion. Above this emblem are the letters UN in the twelve o'clock position.
The reverse bears the inscription IN THE SERVICE / OF PEACE in two lines in the center of the medal.
The ribbon consists of a narrow central stripe of UN blue (representing the "thin blue line" of the United Nations) bordered by two broad bands of buff (which represent the desert terrain of the area).