SAO meets in Whitehorse

SAO meets in Whitehorse for final gathering under Canadian Chairmanship March 2-5, 2015

Read interview with Koji Sekimizu, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization, on the Polar Code, IMO, and the Arctic Council [read more about Arctic Council]

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CCU celebrates launch of UN Initiative

and will move on efforts to insure that the Arctic takes center stage in discussions, actions, and allocations that follow in the UN and global context of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 21st Century.”

New UN initiative



An open discussion among world leaders, UN Permanent
Representatives, financial institutions and civil society.

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Marine fishes and black carbon new additions to the Arctic Report Card

San Francisco, USA —Though not as extreme as last year, the Arctic continues to show evidence of a shift to a new warmer, greener state in 2013, according to the Arctic Report Card, an annual report that details Arctic change released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna’s Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme (CBMP) led the development of the Arctic Report Card’s terrestrial and marine ecosystem chapters, which detail changes in plants, birds, benthos, fish, mammals and other species. The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) coordinated scientific review. One hundred forty-seven authors from 14 countries contributed to the peer-reviewed report.

Click here to learn more, watch the video and read the major findings of this year’s report.

Courtney Price
Communications Officer
Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF)

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Arctic Circle Assembly

Registration closes Friday, October 4.
Arctic Circle assembly, October 12-14, 2013, in Reykjavík, Iceland

Register (will open to new site)

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Fight & Win: Brock Evans’s Strategies for the New Eco-Warrior

The legendary conservationist is waging a brand new war against powerful out-of-control U.S. industrialists who are knowingly speeding up global warming and getting away with it. Big Oil, Big Mining, Big Timber, and Big Development are making money the old-fashioned way: by ruining our natural environment forever in order to make a quick buck now. And their protectors in Congress are doing everything in their power to guarantee they get their way.

Brock Evans has been pestering Congress, getting arrested, and saving millions of acres of forest and wilderness for more than 40 years. But the stakes, he says, are now higher than ever.  Evans and his friends believe that the salvation of our vulnerable planet going forward lies in the commitment and savvy of today’s youth.

So Evans has written a remarkable how-to action guide, Fight & Win: Brock Evans’s Strategies for the New Eco-Warrior (Barclay Bryan Press, 2013).

Here’s why Brock’s new war is unique:

A few of us are working pro bono to get this book into the hands of thousands of high school and college students for an unbeatable price: FREE.

There’s never been a book, or book-giveaway blitz, anything like it.

Will you contribute? Even five dollars helps! So will your notifying friends.  Imagine the results of delivering a step-by-step manifesto to passionate young people on how to get and keep grassroots support; how to change a hostile Congressman’s mind; how to get a public hearing delayed if you need to buy time to polish your presentation; how to get a bad building project shut down even after a permit has been issued; and so on. Plus all the tips in the book come with case histories from real-life eco-battles waged and won.

Brock and his friends have spent decades learning these skills the hard way. His book Fight & Win will give new activists an incredible shortcut to pulling off the victories we need them to achieve – for all our sakes.

Ten percent of all funds raised in this Fight & Win Campaign will go directly to the Endangered Species Coalition as a donation. Supporters can find out more – and how to help – by going to the publisher’s website,

Release of the book is scheduled for December 3, with a launch at the National Press Club in Washington.  We will appreciate your help — and you’ll love the book.

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Social Enterprise World Forum

CCU Board & Members to attend Social Enterprise World 2013 Forum. October 2-4, 2013.

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Former CCU Board Chair Oran Young Writes on Arctic Stewardship in Ethics & International Affairs

Former CCU Board Chair Oran Young (Professor Emeritus – Institutional and International Governance, Environmental Institutions at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara) writes on the challenges ahead for the Arctic in an era of rapid global environmental change and increasing focus on the region’s resource potential.

The article seeks to begin a discourse on “Arctic Stewardship,” beginning to raise and address some of the most pressing questions for the region:

This essay explores the consequences of these developments for the Arctic and seeks to identify strategies for enhancing its resilience, given the extent to which external forces determine the course of events in the region. Specifically, I address the following questions: What sorts of harms arising from changes now occurring in the Arctic are actionable in the sense that it is realistic to expect existing legal and political processes to respond to them in specific cases? Who can and should take the actions required to respond to these harms? What specific remedies are available to those harmed by the impact of external forces? How can we encourage responsible outsiders to fulfill their commitments? Equally important, how can we avoid actions taken in this context that (however well-intentioned) give rise to the pathologies of paternalism, internal colonialism, or neocolonialism? Are there innovations in governance arrangements that will help to produce positive responses to these concerns?

Read the full article here.

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CCU Submits Official Report on its Arctic Council Observer Activities to the Senior Arctic Officials

As part of the process of reviewing the current Arctic Council Observers and applications for new Observer status (from both states and non-governmental organizations), the Senior Arctic Officials requested that all current observers submit a report on their involvement in the Council.  In January, CCU submitted a memorandum describing our work to the SAOs.   The full and official note is attached here – an excerpt is below.


Organized in 1995, the Circumpolar Conservation Union is an association of organizations and individuals dedicated to protecting the ecological and cultural integrity of the Arctic for present and future generations. CCU works to promote understanding and cooperation among environmental groups, Arctic indigenous peoples and other diverse interests and to raise public awareness of Arctic issues and support for addressing them while advocating for environmental protection, sustainability and human health.

CCU took an active role in supporting the creation of the Arctic Council and was one of the earliest organizations to apply for and receive Observer status. It played a major role in educational and advocacy efforts leading to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, including mobilizing foundation funders in the United States and Canada and briefing the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples and Grantmakers Without Borders on those issues. In 2007 CCU helped organize the Arctic Voices Tour in the United States, a media tour of Arctic indigenous leaders in support of climate change legislation.

Over the last four years CCU has continued to be a strong supporter of the Arctic Council and its work. Within the Council, and subject to Council rules and procedures, we have sought to strengthen protection of the Arctic in ways consistent with the needs of indigenous peoples and to strengthen the role of the Permanent Participants by supporting their positions on issues of mutual concern. As provided in more detail below, we have contributed to the work of the Council in the areas of black carbon emissions, shipping, oil spill preparedness and response, the Arctic Ocean Review, and ecosystem-based management. We have also worked to educate other NGOs in the United States, Canada and Europe concerning the role of the Council in building cooperative efforts to address the many challenges the Arctic and its peoples face.

CCU Report

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CCU Refreshes Our Mission Statement

As part of the re-launch of CCU, our new Board has refreshed our mission statement to reflect our latest priorities in Arctic human and ecological conservation:
The Circumpolar Conservation Union works to protect the ecological and cultural integrity of the Arctic by promoting understanding and cooperation among Arctic indigenous peoples, environmental organizations and other diverse interests, by raising public awareness of the importance of the Arctic, and by advocating policies and institutions that will protect the environment, promote sustainability, and respect the human rights of Arctic communities and peoples.
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