A summit of world leaders has opened at the United Nations with calls to fight terrorism and enact sweeping reforms.
At the General Assembly today, Wednesday, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said U.N. member states have not achieved the fundamental reforms required to keep the world body effective.
He said world leaders are making a good start with a document that sets out new U.N. commitments to fight poverty and stop genocide. But he said it is inexcusable the document does not include measures on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
President Bush made his own call for reforms, saying the United Nations must be free of corruption. He also said it cannot win respect if it allows what he called "notorious human rights abusers" to sit on the U.N. Human Rights Commission. He did not identify specific countries.
Later, the Security Council passed a resolution that calls on world governments to adopt laws banning the incitement of terrorism. President Bush, making his first-ever appearance at a Security Council meeting, said nations must do all they can to disrupt planning and support for terrorist acts.
The summit in New York brings together heads of state and government from some 150 countries around the globe.