The first woman to oversee the United Nations weather bureau is a renowned Argentine meteorologist.
According to the World Meteorological Organization, Celeste Saulo earned the required two-thirds of member states’ support on Thursday. Since 2014, Saulo has been the National Meteorological Service of Argentina’s director.
She succeeds Petteri Taalas, an accomplished professor and researcher who leaves the WMO in Geneva at the end of the year after serving two terms as secretary general.
In 2015, Saulo became a member of the WMO executive council.
As a result of the harsh weather brought on by climate change, the institution plays a crucial role in coordinating international meteorological activities.