The Pacific Debate is an annual debate organised and hosted by the Pacific Institute of Public Policy to focus attention on a major policy issue confronting the region. The 2011 Debate was held in Auckland on the sidelines of the annual Pacific Islands Forum. This year’s theme was “That government focus should be on urban development to support economic growth”. Participants included UN urban specialists, economists and university students. This debate highlights the growing need for Pacific governments and civil society to focus attention on developing urban plans and livable cities as the Pacific, like the rest of the world, becomes increasingly urbanised.