The International Commission on Glass (ICG), the Community of Glass Associations (CGA), and ICOM-Glass jointly requested that 2022 be recognized as the United Nations International Year of Glass. On May 18, 2021, the UN General Council granted their request. The Year will honor the crucial function that glass plays in society. 30 renowned speakers participated in the inauguration ceremony at the Palace of Nations in Geneva on February 10 and 11. The audience was limited to 135 people due to COVID limits, however it was webcast globally. On February 10, there were 3100 views from 66 countries, and on February 11, there were 4211 views from 72 countries.
Honoring Glass's Past, Present, And Future
Show how glass has aided in the advancement of civilization throughout recorded history.
International glass science and art festivals should be held, along with seminars that educate the public about this rich history and draw attention to the connections between glass, art, and culture.
Encourage institutions in education, business, science, and the public sector—including museums—to do research on glass in order to tackle two of the biggest challenges the world is currently facing: attaining sustainable and fair growth and raising everyone's standard of living.
To address gender balance, the demands of expanding economies, and the needs of developing nations, forge international coalitions centered on science and engineering for young people.
The International Commission on Glass' campaign to have 2022 declared the United Nations International Year of Glass is supported by the National Glass Association (ICG). NGA submitted a letter of support on behalf of the organization's staff, board of directors, and members.
Each region of the world has a local organizing committee since the international activities for the 2022 IYOG are organized under 18 Regional Organizations. With representatives from all the major glass constituencies, the North American Steering Committee for IYOG was created to coordinate IYOG activities in the United States and Canada. Urmilla Sowell of the NGA represents Architectural Glass on this group. Companies that are NGA members are also heavily involved in the initiative.