AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE'S CONTRIBUTION TO THE UNITED NATIONS ASSISTANCE MISSION FOR IRAQ (UNAMI)Operation RIVERBANK
Australia: 21 Jul 2008 - 25 Nov 2013
Area of Operations: Iraq
The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is a political mission established by the 2003 UN Security Council Resolution 1500 at the request of the Government of Iraq. It has been on the ground ever since, with its role greatly expanded in 2007 with the passage of Resolution 1770.
UNAMI is mandated to advise and assist the Government and people of Iraq on a number of fronts. This includes advancing inclusive, political dialogue and national reconciliation, assisting in the electoral process and in the planning for a national census, facilitating regional dialogue between Iraq and its neighbours, and promoting the protection of human rights and judicial and legal reform. More about UNAMIís mandate. The mandate also tasks UNAMI with working with government partners and civil society to coordinate the humanitarian and development efforts of the UN agencies, funds and programmes, under the leadership of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for development and humanitarian support who is also the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq. While UNAMI itself does not implement or deliver humanitarian and development programmes, it recognizes the critical importance of supporting the partnership and technical cooperation between the Government of Iraq and the 20 UN agencies, funds and programmes operating in the country. Further information on UNAMI can be found here: www.uniraq.org
Deployed: Since July 2008, the ADF contributed two Army Officers to the UNAMI. The final rotation of the two officers completed their deployment and departed Iraq on 25 November 2013. The ADF deployed a total of 11 Australian military officers under Op Riverbank. The officers fulfilled roles as military advisers to the UNAMI.
Veteransí Entitlements Determination dated 2 June 2009: Warlike Service.
Awards: Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) with Clasp 'IRAQ 2003' - 1 day/1 sortie ; Iraq Medal (Iraq-Medal-S154-09-Determination.pdf).
AASM with Clasp