UN Temporary Executive Authority in West New Guinea (UNTEA)

The official description, eligibility, criteria, and history of the UN Temporary Executive Authority in West New Guinea (UNTEA).

UN Temporary Executive Authority in West New Guinea (UNTEA)


Established in October 1962 to maintain peace and security in the territory under the United Nations Temporary Executive Authority established by agreement between Indonesia and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. UNSF monitored the cease-fire and helped ensure law and order during the transition period pending transfer to Indonesia. Upon completion of the mandate, the Mission was withdrawn in April 1963.

Eligibility and criteria

Awarded for 90 days consecutive service between 01 October 1962 to 31 April 1963.

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 a background of UN blue with three centered narrow stripes in the colours dark green, white and light green. The dark green represents the jungle and the swampland, white indicates the snow-capped mountains, and pale green represents the coral beaches of the region.


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 ONUC medal and before the UNYOM medal.


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

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