As a conclusion to the International Year of Glass granted by the United Nations in May 2021, a closing ceremony will be held at the United Nations Headquarters Building in New York on 14th December preceded by a reception on the evening of the 13th December. The aim will be to inform the United Nations of the outcomes of the Year and to celebrate the many activities generated.

Not all attendees will require a visa, however, if you do, you may request an invitation to attend by following these steps:

If you reside outside the U.S. and wish to attend this event, please note that the process of obtaining a visa to enter the United States will take several months.  First, ensure your passport has 6 months of validity beyond your travel dates and adequate blank pages available for each border crossing you must make for the trip.

Please check with your local US embassy website to discover the particular requirements including an entry visa and health certification for the country where you live.

To obtain an official invitation from The American Ceramic Society, please send an email to with the following information:

  • name of the meeting you plan to attend
  • full name as it appears on your passport
  • physical mailing address
  • telephone number
  • date and place of birth
  • passport number
  • passport issue and expiration dates

Please note that The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) does not have any influence over the issuance of a visa. The determination is at the sole discretion of the Embassy/Consulate. Should your application be denied, ACerS cannot change the decision of the governmental agency.