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2022: The UN International Year Of Glass

In February at the Palace of Nations in Geneva, 30 world-class speakers highlighted the latest thinking on how Glass can aid the development of more just and sustainable societies alongside the most recent scientific and technical breakthroughs.

On 18th May 2021 the UN General Council approved a joint application by the International Commission on Glass (ICG), the Community of Glass Associations (CGA) and ICOM-Glass that 2022 be declared a United Nations International Year of Glass. The Year will celebrate the essential role glass has in Society.

What glass gives society

With its unparalleled versatility and technical capabilities, glass in its many guises has fostered innumerable cultural and scientific advancements:

A book designed to whet the interest of an intelligent 18 year old was printed for the opening ceremony.  Its 13 chapters were written by experts and explain how glassy artefacts are helping the UN achieve its 2030 humanitarian goals. To  download a copy click here (150MB).

Next month there will be a few events taking place in the UK which celebrate glass. A full calendar of events can be seen by clicking here.