The United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly has declared 2022 as the International Year of Glass (IYOG) after organizations had submitted petitions in March. On May 18 during a plenary meeting, Spain’s representative introduced the text and described glass as a “biomaterial par excellence,” born thousands of years ago in the cradle of civilization. According to the U.N., celebrations during the year will help advance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda. The SDG aims to create a more fair, peaceful and sustainable world for the planet and its inhabitants by 2030.

The International Commission on Glass (ICG), along with the Community of Glass Associations (CGA) and ICOM-Glass had presented the application to the U.N. General Assembly. David Pye, a former IGC president, learned in 2014 that the assembly would declare 2015 an International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies, he arranged for the International Journal of Applied Glass Science to present “Glass and Light,” according to the IYOG website.

The website also explains that there are more than 1,100 endorsements from 74 countries to make glass the focus of next year.