The United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia was established by Security Council Resolution 718 in October of 1991.
PURPOSE OF THE MISSION
The UNTAC mission was established to incorporate the existing mission (UNAMIC) and incorporated aspects relating to human rights, the organization and conduct of free and fair elections, military arrangements, civil administration, the maintenance of law and order, the repatriation and resettlement of Cambodian refugees and displaced persons, and the rehabilitation of essential Cambodian infrastructes during the transitional period.
Qualifying service for this medal was from October of 1991 to November 15, 1993.
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 background of green (symbolic of the paddies which cover most of the country). A white center stripe is flanked by narrow red stripes (representing the flags of all the factions). The red stripes are flanked by UN blue and edged in dark blue.