A proposed UN Year of Glass in 2022 has moved a step closer after it received support from UNESCO.

A joint presentation was given by Members of the International Commission on Glass (ICG) and the International Year of Basic Science (IYBSSD) to UNESCO last week.

The aim was to have both proposals working on common outcomes.

Afterwards, Assistant Director of Natural Science of UNESCO, Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, said: “We will fully support this initiative and honoured to be a partner through our extensive science networks."

As the science arm of the UN, UNESCO should be involved and could provide valuable assistance to an international year of glass (IYG2022).

Given the current world health situation, both proposals will probably be presented in the December meeting of the UN General Assembly for final approval.

Alicia Duran, President of the ICG, said: “The support is great news and brings the confirmation of the IYOG2022 much closer.

“This slight delay will have the benefit of allowing us more time to get endorsements and a wider range of glass-based activities from business, individuals, museums, training providers, associations and anyone involved in glass.”

Anyone who has not yet registered an endorsement of the IYOG2022 proposal is requested to visit its dedicated website www.iyog2022.org

There are 779 endorsements from 58 countries to date.

Some are from southern Africa but more are required from central and northern African countries.

Any universities or companies related to glass in those countries should be sent the website link.

This will help them to understand the proposal and register their endorsement.