THE UNITED NATIONS MEDAL (UNAVEM)

Obverse: The United Nations global projection emblem, above which are the letters “UN”.

Reverse: Plain, with the legend “IN THE SERVICE OF PEACE”.

Size: 35mm in diameter.

Ribbon: 35mm wide, the ribbon for this medal is light blue with 8mm yellow edges. Inside these edges are 1.5mm red and white stripes and a 1mm black stripe. Ninety days of service in the Mission was necessary to qualify for award of the medal.

Suspension: The ribbon is threaded through a 12mm diameter ring, which passes through a loop fixed to the top of the piece. The ring will move forwards and backwards.

United Nations Angola Verification Mission, in Angola, January 1989 to June 1991 (UNAVEM), June 1991 to February 1995 (UNAVEM II), and February 1995 to June 1997 (UNAVEM III). The maximum strength of UNAVEM was 70 personnel, that of UNAVEM II was 1118 personnel, while that of UNAVEM III is 7500 personnel. New Zealand contributed observers to all three forces, and a de-mining team to UNAVEM III.