UN Transition Assistance Group (Namibia) (UNTAG)

The official description, eligibility, criteria, and history of the UN Transition Assistance Group (Namibia) (UNTAG)./p>

UN Transition Assistance Group (Namibia) (UNTAG)

UN Transition Assistance Group (Namibia) (UNTAG)


The mission was established to ensure the early independence of Namibia through free and fair elections under the supervision and control of the United Nations. The Mission was established April 1989 with a mandate for one year and finally closed in March 1990.

Eligibility and criteria

Awarded for 90 days consecutive service between 01 April 1989 to 31 March 1990.

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 centre of the UNTAG ribbon contains five equal stripes in black, yellow, red, green, and royal blue—the colours of the five Olympic Rings and representing the five continental regions of the world, all of which were represented in either the military or civilian police components of UNTAG. The centre is flanked by equal bars of a buff or sand colour to represent the Kalahari and Namib deserts, with equal bands of UN blue appearing at each end.


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 UNIIMOG medal and before the ONUCA medal.


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

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