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International Year of glass

International Year of Glass

The International Commission on Glass (ICG) was successful in achieving the year 2022 named as the International Year of Glass 2022.

The Year will celebrate the essential role glass has and will continue to have in Society. It will underline the technological, scientific and economic importance of this often unseen transparent and enabling material which underpins so many technologies and which can facilitate the development of more just and sustainable societies to meet the challenges of globalization. It is also an important medium for art and its history is integral with that of humankind.

Our vision of a United Nations International Year of Glass (IYoG2022) is to celebrate the past, present, and future of this transformative material following the United Nations’ goals in Agenda 2030. Specifically to:

  • Demonstrate the role of glass in advancing civilization throughout recorded history.
  • Organize international glass science and art festivals, with workshops to excite and inform the public of this rich history, and highlight links between glass, art and culture.
  • Stimulate research on glass amongst organizations in education, industry, research and the public domain, including museums, to address the great challenges the world faces: achieving sustainable and equitable growth, and improving the quality of life everywhere.
  • Build worldwide alliances focused on science and engineering for young people, while addressing gender balance and the needs of developing countries/emerging economies.


New Zealand is part of the Oceania Steering Group.  We are now looking for companies/organisations/people who would like to help and contribute.  You can find more information on the IYOG website.  If you would like to get involved please compete the Expression of Interest form

The opening ceremony was in Geneva on 10 February – you can watch it here