CPO's Frank Niepold to Speak During Stepping Up Action for Climate Empowerment Webinar

  • 20 April 2021

On April 28, CPO’s Frank Niepold, newly designated U.S. Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) National Focal Point, will present during the “Stepping Up Action for Climate Empowerment” webinar—a dialogue to celebrate and strengthen international collaboration toward all of society climate action, in the context of the Earth Day 2021 Climate Leaders Summit convened by U.S. President Joe Biden.

This webinar will especially celebrate the return of the United States as party to the Paris Agreement and invite the new U.S. Administration to participate and demonstrate leadership in global efforts for ACE. John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate with the U.S. State Department, has been invited to provide a high level political statement. Frank Niepold will provide remarks regarding the development of a U.S. ACE National Strategy. 

Other invited speakers include:

  • Leonore Gewessler, Minister for Climate Action, Republic of Austria;
  • Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN Climate Change secretariat;
  • Carolina Schmidt, COP25 president, Chile;
  • Roberto Cingolani, Minister for Ecological Transition / COP26 Co-Presidency, Italian Republic; and
  • A high level Representative of the African Group of Countries.

The organizers and partners of the webinar are optimistic that the year 2021 will be a turning point in the fight against the climate crisis. They are convinced that all stakeholders globally will join forces and resources on the journey toward a climate-safe future. For this positive future to unfold, new thinking on ACE is necessary, along with a particular focus on strengthening party and non-party stakeholder cooperation, international and multilateral cooperation, and non-party stakeholder engagement in ambitious multilateral cooperation structures in support of climate action.

The webinar is being organized in the context of the ACE Action for Climate Empowerment Innovation project. It is initiated and funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, in collaboration with lead partner the UN Climate Change secretariat and associated partners the non-party stakeholders ECOS, IAAI and ICLEI.

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DEIA Working Group

The Climate Program Office (CPO) seeks to advance scientific understanding, monitoring, and prediction of climate and its impacts to enable effective decisions. It is our vision that CPO reflects and leverages the talent and diversity of its employees to ensure people, businesses, and the environment continue to thrive in the face of climate impacts.

CPO’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Working Group was formed in the summer of 2020 in response to civil rights movements across the country. CPO leadership recognized the importance of acknowledging the pain of the nation (and staff members) and of taking action to improve DEIA initiatives and direction within the Climate Program Office. The CPO DEIA Working Group was subsequently formed. The DEIA Working Group developed a 4-year, 20-page, strategic plan to address issues within the office as well as improve outreach, targeted recruitment, and DEIA training opportunities across CPO.

Read the CPO DEIA Strategic Plan »



Outreach and Volunteer Efforts

CPO continues to look for opportunities to give back and contribute to our local area. Past examples of our efforts include:

CPO ‘Giveback’ Drives

    Winter 2020: CPO staff donated over 100 food and hygiene bags to the Bowie Interfaith Works Food Shelter as well as a $200 money order for the DC Central Kitchen soup kitchen and shelter.

    Summer 2021: CPO staff donated approximately $700 to Covenant House DC.

Earth Day Clean Up

CPO staff donated their time to clean up the Anacostia Watershed, a wetland area within an urban park that feeds into the Northwest branch of the Anacostia.

CPO staff holding food and hygiene bags

CPO Staff prepared and delivered 100+ food and hygiene bags to Bowie Interfaith Works Food Shelter




NOAA & NOAA Research Resources

CPO is a part of the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR). OAR’s unique role in NOAA’s mission of science, service and stewardship demands a diverse workforce to reflect, understand, and respond to the varied communities and stakeholders we serve. Equally important is an equitable and inclusive work environment that enhances organizational performance. OAR’s sustained commitment to strengthen diversity and equity, and nurture a culture of inclusion, is critical to the success of the preeminent research required to support weather and climate forecasting, understand and predict Earth systems, promote sustainable economic uses of America’s oceans, Great Lakes and coasts, and support communities and ecosystems so they are resilient to inevitable change.

If you'd like to learn more about NOAA and OAR efforts to increase and improve knowledge and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, please follow these links for additional information:




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