UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS)

The official description, eligibility, criteria, and history of the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS).

UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS)

UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS)


The United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan was established on 8 July 2011 by the authority of UN Security Council Resolution 1996 (2011). The UNMISS mandate includes support for peace consolidation; fostering longer-term state building and economic development; support for the government of the Republic of South Sudan in exercising its responsibilities for conflict prevention, mitigation and resolution, and the protection of civilians; and support for the government of the Republic of South Sudan in developing its capacity to provide security, establish rule of law, and strengthen the security and justice sectors.

Eligibility and criteria

Awarded for 90 days consecutive service since 9 July 2011.

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 United Nations blue stripes on the edges, followed by two white stripes and one green central stripe. Four black lines separate each of these stripes.


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 UNAMID medal and before the MINUSMA medal.


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

Historical notes

The CF participation in this mission is known as OP SOPRANO.

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