International Year of Glass Debriefing: New York

United Nations Headquarters, (13-14th December 2022)

The last formal event  of the International Year of Glass 2022 will take place from 11am to 12.30 pm on 14th December at the UN building in New York. It offers the opportunity to thank the United Nations for permission to run the Year and specifically to thank all those Ambassadors who upported the award 18 months ago.

The outline programme is:

  • Tuesday 13th December. Evening (18.00 to 19.00). 
  • A welcome reception and Red Carpet Photograph for all delegates staying overnight in New York
  • Wednesday 14th December. United Nations Building
  • 11.00 Welcome and Presentation by Fernando Valladares, Research professor CSIC and an international expert in global change and climate challenges.
  • 11.25 to 12.25. A multimedia presentation created by teams of speakers highlighting the best of hundreds of activities that ran during the year  and  involved 100 000s  of people from every continent. Structured around Equality and Education; Health issues; Sustainability; and Climate Change with Glass as the unifying theme, it will explore the ripples that have been created, the lessons learned .alongside the many legacy projects that will store so many lasting and positive messages,   
  • 12.25 to 12,30. An opportunity to thank all whose energies created the concept, brought it to fruition and whose vision has left a lasting imprint.
  • 13.15 to Hotel.  Lunch, videos, posters and networking reception




You can join these events in person; the UN Debriefing will also be streamed live and available later online as a recording.

To book a place please go to the dedicated web site:  There is no fee for the event in the UN but please check the visa and medical requirements if you are travelling from abroad.

If you require a formal invitation letter to obtain a visa please follow the instructions on the ACerS web site as soon as possible.

You will also need to undergo a security check to enter the UN building. The instructions for doing this are simple and are explained at

The conference hotel is: 

  • Hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square
  • 305 West, 46th Street, 10036, New York
  • Contact:  Laura Polansky, Sales Riu Plaza Hotels, 
  • (+1) 646 864 1155, [email protected]

To book please specify nights staying, mention IYOG2022 and also expect to have to pay a deposit.