(We offer a new series in which the now deceased Professor Obasi, then Secretary General of the WMO, addresses Italy in 1999 about their part in the WMO's emerging weather modification plan. This is part one. For all 5 episodes, click Obasi Statement link)
STATEMENT AT THE ITALIAN SENATE HEARING ON WEATHER MODIFICATION
WMO’s ACTIVITIES ON WEATHER MODIFICATION —COOPERATION WITH ITALY
by Professor G.O.P. Obasi Secretary-General World Meteorological Organization (Rome, Palazzo Giustiniani, 22 June 1999)
In 1975, the Seventh World Meteorological Congress, the supreme body of the Organization, established a formal Weather Modification Programme.
At that time, [the WMO] Congress asserted that WMO was the appropriate international body with the necessary scientific and technical expertise to become more active in this field, in order to respond competently to requests for advice on weather modification from Members, the United Nations and its other specialized agencies, and other international organizations.
It was considered that precipitation enhancement, hail suppression and fog dissipation were among the most significant activities of the programme.
Since 1975, successive sessions of the World Meteorological Congress have addressed the issue of weather modification activities favourably.
In particular, the Thirteenth Congress held in May 1999 noted the emerging new aspect of weather modification activities, namely, that of its possible application to water resources management.