African leaders told the United Nations General Assembly that their continent has made some progress in reducing poverty and improving development but said there have also been some serious failures.
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe told the assembly Wednesday that for many developing countries "all things have not been equal." He accused powerful countries of not doing enough to help poor countries.
Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said the international community needs to double aid to Africa if the continent is to meet its U.N. goals on issues such as health, education and development.
In the five years since the U.N. goals were set, Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki said a lot has happened but not evenly. He noted that while the economies of many African countries are growing, and governments are becoming more democratic, millions of people still live in poverty.
Several African leaders, including the presidents of Ghana and Rwanda, called for Africa to be permanently represented on the Security Council, saying the power structure of the council is not equitable.