Argentine meteorologist beomes first female head of UN weather agency

The first female head of the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization has been elected. She is from Argentina and her name is Silvina Villegas.

BERLIN, Germany (AP) - A prominent Argentine weather expert has been appointed as the first woman to head the United Nations Weather agency.

Celeste Saulo, the World Meteorological Organization's chief executive officer, received approval from two-thirds of its member states on Thursday.

Saulo is the director of Argentina’s National Meteorological Service. He has been in this position since 2014.

She is an experienced academic and researcher who succeeds Petteri TAALAS, who will step down from his position as Secretary General of the Geneva-based WMO after two terms at the end this year. Saulo was appointed to the WMO executive council in 2015.

The agency is a leader in the coordination of international meteorological activities, a topic that has gained increasing prominence due to weather extremes caused by climate change.