UN Mission East Timor (UNAMET)

The official description, eligibility, criteria, and history of the UN Mission East Timor (UNAMET).

UN Mission East Timor (UNAMET)

UN Mission East Timor (UNAMET)


The main goals of the Mission are to provide security and maintain law and order throughout the territory of East Timor, to establish an effective administration, to assist in the development of civil and social service, and to support capacity-building for self-government.

Eligibility & Criteria

Awarded for 90 days consecutive service between 25 October 1999 to 15 May 2001.

Members serving with the International Force East Timor (INTERFET) do not qualify for this medal.

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 ribbon has two outer bands of UN blue, representing the UN presence in East Timor. Inside the two bands, there are two equal bars: closest to the blue, the bar is crimson, with the bar closest to the center being sunrise yellow. These colours represent the brilliant and spectacular sunrises and sunsets experienced in East Timor. The center of the ribbon is a band of white, traditionally the colour of peace and hope; the goal this Mission seeks to achieve.


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 UNMIK medal and before the UNAMET medal.


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

Historical Notes

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