World leaders speaking on the second day of the United Nations World Summit have called for reform of the international body, and have urged it to play a key role in the fight against terrorism.
Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian President Vladimir Putin said the United Nations should be central in the international fight against terrorists.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said democracy and freedom are necessary for global economic development. And Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called for sweeping reforms, saying the structure of the United Nations reflects the world of 1945, not 2005. Turkish Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan said U.N. reform is in the interest of all humanity.
On Wednesday, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and President Bush also called for sweeping reform of the United Nations.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is scheduled to speak later on Thursday.