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International Year of Glass

What is the International Year of Glass?

The United Nations International Year of Glass of 2022 will celebrate the essential role glass has and will continue to have in society. A two-day opening event at the Palace of Nations in Geneva will feature 30 world class speakers. The event will be streamed worldwide on Zoom. 

The International Commission on Glass (ICG), along with the Community of Glass Associations (CGA) and ICOM-Glass outlined a vision for the United Nations International Year of Glass (IYoG2022). The vision is to celebrate the past, present, and future of this transformative material following the United Nations’ goals in Agenda 2030.

Celebrating the past, present, and future of glass

  • 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.

NGA’s Role in the International Year of Glass

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The National Glass Association supports the worldwide effort to designate 2022 as the United Nations International Year of Glass, organized by the International Commission on Glass (ICG). NGA wrote a letter of endorsement on behalf of members, board of directors and staff. 


The global events dedicated to 2022 IYOG are structured under 18 Regional Organizations so that each area of the globe has a local organizing committee. The North American Steering Committee for IYOG was established to coordinate IYOG activities in the U.S. and Canada with members from all the key constituencies associated with glass. NGA’s Urmilla Sowell serves on this committee as the Architectural Glass representative. NGA member companies are also actively engaged in the effort.

Architectural Glass Resources

Tell the Story of Glass to Stakeholders and Legislators

Download our one-pagers on top priorities to effectively communicate what's important for the architectural glass industry to your Congressional leaders.

History of Glass in Architecture

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Show Your Support with an IYOG Badge

Download a Glass Can Save the World Digital Badge Download a Build the World with Glass Digital Badge MEMBERS: DOWNLOAD NGA MEMBERS-ONLY BADGES (Login Required)

North American Events and NGA Monthly Features

NGA Host

2022 GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window and Door Expo

October 18, 2022 Host: NGA Location: Las Vegas, NV, United States


Closing Congress

December 01, 2022 Host: - Location: -, Tokyo, Japan

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