U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron will host a summit in London Thursday aimed at beating corruption, weeks after admitting he had a stake in an offshore fund set up by his father.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani are among a handful of leaders confirmed to attend the gathering at Lancaster House, next door to Buckingham Palace, according to a statement by the prime minister’s office.
Corruption is “an enemy of progress and the root of so many of the world’s problems,” Cameron said in the statement. “It destroys jobs and holds back economic growth, traps the poorest in desperate poverty and undermines our security by pushing people towards extremist groups.”
Leaders will be asked to sign a global declaration that promises to expose corruption, punish those responsible and help its victims, in a bid to tackle an issue that Cameron said has been a taboo for too long.
The summit marks the latest attempt by the U.K. leader to deal with the political fallout of millions of documents leaked from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, one of which revealed he once owned a stake in an offshore fund linked to his father. Read more