South African President Thabo Mbeki has called for reform of the UN and other international institutions.
Mbeki wants more help from rich countries
At the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Durban he said developing countries should not allow powerful nations to dictate the world on their own terms.
Mr Mbeki said it was not acceptable that a "few countries" decided the outcome of major world issues.
He stressed that "multilateral cooperation between equal countries is the only way to proceed".
President Mbeki said the UN, where the security council is dominated by five permanent members, needed to be reformed.
"The transformation of the United Nations has taken far too
long," he said.
"The other multilateral institutions like the Bretton Woods
institutions (World Bank and International Monetary Fund) and
the World Trade Organisation also need to be transformed to meet
the needs of our people."
He urged the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to cut Third World debt and level the playing field of world trade, and to meet the so-called Millennium
Development Goals, which include halving poverty by 2015.
"It is perfectly obvious that it is not going to be possible
to meet these goals without the transfer of resources to poor
countries by the West.
"How that will happen is not a question in
the interest of rich countries to answer," he said.
Fate of Palestinians
Earlier, an NAM committee called for the dismantling of Israel's security wall in Palestinian territory, in line with a decision by the International Court of Justice, which declared it illegal.
The committee said the wall was a flagrant violation of human rights and therefore unacceptable.
"We cannot surrender the fate of the Palestinian people to a
selected few as if the rest of us had nothing to contribute to
the resolution of that problem," Mr Mbeki said.
The 117-member NAM was formed during the Cold War for those who wanted to opt out of the Western and Soviet blocs, but has become a forum for developing world issues.