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Hello, this is Michelle. The UN weather agency’s new chief, Celeste Saulo, officially met with Geneva reporters for the first time yesterday, where she laid out her priorities for the next four years. Climate change, and particularly its impacts on vulnerable, underprepared countries, are at the top of her list.

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Argentina's Celeste Saulo after she was elected as secretary general of the WMO in Geneva, on June 1 2023. Saulo is the first woman and South American to lead the UN weather agency. (Keystone/AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)

New UN weather agency boss zeroes in on worst climate-hit countries. The new secretary general of the World Meteorological Organization, Celeste Saulo, said helping vulnerable nations become better equipped to cope with climate impacts will be at the centre of her four-year mandate.

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