The United Nations is set to approve a proposed International Year of Glass 2022 next week.

The proposal has passed a process of silence that is imposed by the UN before any resolution, which means that the proposal will definitely be approved at the next United Nations General Assembly on May 17 and 18.

Prof Alicia Duran, President of the IYOG2022 steering committee for the year of glass said that with the support and tireless work of more than 1500 organisations and institutions from 78 countries, it had achieved its objective.

Prof Duran said: “Next week we will see a dream come true; a dream that we did not dare to imagine. It will be the beginning of an enormous work of diffusion and coordination of thousands of activities throughout the planet.”

Prof Duran added: “Universities and research centers, societies and associations, museums, artists and educators, manufacturers and companies from all over the world have agreed to support and promote this initiative in their countries.

“The International Commission on Glass with the Community of Glass Associations and ICOM-Glass have worked untiringly to get this goal.”

She thanked Glass International columnist John Parker as well as David Pye, for their hard work as well as the Spanish Mission at the UN which led the project.

The Year of Glass 2022 will see a number of activities devoted to glass take place. These include congresses and seminars, industrial fairs and glass schools alongside art exhibitions, books, or special issues of the main scientific magazines in the sector.