LETTER FROM HEADQUARTERS NEW LEADERSHIP FOR THE WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANIZATION had the privilege of representing the AMS as an ad- the developing and developed countries. So far as I visor on the U.S. delegation to the Fourteenth Con- know, the leaders of the WM O have all been educated gress of the World Meteorological Organization as atmospheric scientists. (WMO) in Geneva, Switzerland, last May. The AMS The WM O Congress is held every four years and was present at the request of Jack Kelly, director of takes up many matters of great importance to the at- the NWS and permanent representative of the United mospheric and related sciences and their application. States to the WMO, as well as head of the U.S. del- Each Congress elects a president and three vice presi- egation, which was composed of government officials dents and appoints a secretary-general. Congress XIV and private sector representatives. was unusually exciting because, for the first time since By way of background, the WM O was established 1983, there was no incumbent in the contest for the in 1950 as a specialized agency of the United Nations. appointment of the secretary-general: G.O.P. Obasi, It now consists of 187
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