UN Mission in Bosnia – Herzegovina (UNMIBH)

The official description, eligibility, criteria, and history of the UN Mission in Bosnia – Herzegovina (UNMIBH).

UN Mission in Bosnia – Herzegovina (UNMIBH)

UN Mission in Bosnia – Herzegovina (UNMIBH)


This Mission was established in 15 December 1995 for a period of one year from the transfer of authority from the United Nations Protection Force (UNPF) to the Implementation Force (IFOR). The main tasks of the United Nations civilian police force included: monitoring, observing, and inspecting law enforcement activities; training and advising law enforcement personnel; facilitating, within the International Police Task Force mission of assistance, the parties’ law enforcement activities; and ensuring the existence of conditions for free and fair elections.

Eligibility and criteria

Awarded for 90 days consecutive service between 21 December 1995 to 31 December 2002. The Canadian contribution ended in February 2000.

The UN strictly applies their medals policy and will not consider requests for initial issue of the UN medals that are submitted more than one year after repatriation from the mission area.

The qualifying service is not required for members killed or presumed killed while on assignment. In such cases, the medal may be awarded posthumously.


A circular bronze alloy medal, 1.4 inches (35mm) in diameter.

On the obverse, the representation of the UN symbol surmounted by the straight letters UN, both in bas-relief.

On the reverse, an inscription bearing the words "IN THE SERVICE OF PEACE" in English (and only in English).

A 0.5 inch (12mm) bronze ring, which holds the ribbon, passes through a small hollow ball at the top of a claw joined to the top of the medal.

The center of the ribbon is white, representing peace, flanked by UN blue on either side; on the left is a stripe of light green, representing the forests in Spring in Bosnia-Herzegovina; on the right, a red colour symbolizing the sunrise over the mountains of this country.


There is no bar to this medal.


The medal shall be worn in sequence prescribed in the Canadian Orders, Decorations and Medals Directive, and in the following manner: on the left breast, suspended from the ribbon described above, after the UNPREDEP medal and before the UNMOP medal.


The use of a post-nominal is not authorized for this medal.

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