On 14 December 2022, the IYOG Council of the International Commission on Glass presented the year’s events in summary to the United Nations. Of all the many thousands of exhibitions, conferences, activities and events throughout the world, our conference was included as a major achievement in Region 16.
In addition, Patrick Gavaghan (GLAAS Inc. – National Project Manager) was commended for his exceptional organisational efforts, gathering sponsors and support from around the world for the IYOG Opening Ceremony, Geneva, and the debriefing at the UN, New York.
The Philippines and the GMAPI (Glass Manufacturers Association of the Philippines) were mentioned for their innovative programs teaching children about recycling glass and its possibilities as an artistic medium and the benefits for educational outcomes and the environment – a comprehensive overview of these programs was presented by Rommel Dino in Session One (Day One).
The Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand (MAAZ) was likewise acknowledged for its efforts in highlighting the plight of Afghan women and their culture through the creation of mosaic glass tiles ‘stitched’ together into long ‘scarves’ in the traditional colours which Afghan women are no longer able to wear. The ‘scarves’ will be shown in venues across Australia and New Zealand in the coming months, and this was presented in Session Two (Day One).
Luminous: John Orval, Stained Glass Artist, and, A Cutting Edge – Vicki Torr Retrospective were also included in the summary presented by Teresa Medici, Chair of the Museums, Archeology, and Art History IYOG Committee.
If you would like to watch the video of the Debriefing at the UN, New York, please click the link. https://media.un.org/en/asset/k15/k151qiaaip