The Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) is a regional watchdog promoting Pacific peoples’ right to be self-determining.
PANG mobilizes movements and advocates based on substantive research and analysis to advocate and promote Pacific peoples’ centered development agenda. PANG operates through a networking model to support and work with community level groups representing diverse constituencies and interests including trade unions, feminists, young people, traditional landowners, community and environmental groups, scientists, lawyers, economists, political analysts, academics, parliamentarians and governments.
Our region, our ocean, our islands is our core issue. The Pacific Ocean is the largest of all oceans, covering approximately 59 million square miles and is home to the Pacific Island countries and its people. Framed as the last untapped, under-explored and under-exploited region in the world, the Pacific Ocean is set to be the site for a re-intensified geopolitical contest for natural resources to extract and profit from.
This world view of the Pacific Ocean often directly conflicts with the view of our Oceanic peoples. Our traditional, indigenous view of the ocean is that it is our home and our source of life, one which we inherited and live in, and managed well for centuries through the wisdom of our ancestors who paid attention to the protection and conservation of resources.
Through our work, we aim to ensure that the Pacific Ocean is not handed over or ceded to external interests. Knowledge is key to our people being aware of this global rush to carve up the last remaining resources in our continental oceanic home. We aim to enable Pacific Islanders to protect their interests and determine a path forward as custodians of the largest ocean.
PANG was established in the year 2000 in Fiji. It was formed by regional NGOs with concerns that civil society was being left out of debates and regional policy spaces on trade liberalization and the free trade agenda in the Pacific.