Egypt Lobbies for Security Council Seat:
Aboul Gheit added that Egypt has made “significant contributions” on the regional and international level, and that it plays a central role in the African, Arab and Islamic spheres. He said that such considerations reflect Egypt’s “clear eligibility for, and appropriate capacity in discharging the responsibilities of membership” in the Security Council.
I can't say I like the civilizational talk that much though. The UN Security Counil is about power, not equal representation of civilizations -- whatever that may be. If anything, certain organizations like ASEAN or the OAU might have a seat where there is no clear candidate for regional representation. Of course, in the Arab world's case, Egypt has a much better chance than the Arab League.