UN Congo (MONUC) Miniature Medal
The MONUC mission was established on 24 February 2000. The main goals of the Mission were to monitor the implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement and to investigate violations of the ceasefire, to work with the parties to obtain the release of all prisoners of war and to supervise and verify the disengagement and redeployment of the parties' forces. In 2010, the MONUC mission was updated to MONUSCO to reflect the new phase reached in the country.
Each United Nations medal is identical in design, with a unique ribbon to identify the specific mission. The MONUC mission ribbon has 2 outer bands of UN blue, representing the UN presence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Inside the two bands, there are two narrow equal stripes of yellow, they represent the dawn of peace and prosperity. The dark blue in the middle of the yellow represents the Conge river.
Qualifying time for the medal is 90 days of service in the Mission. Subsequent tours of the same regions would be denoted with a numeral attached to the ribbon.
All official medals are sent loose on the ribbon unless medal mounting is also purchased on the same order.