David Cameron will cite the investigation into wrongdoing at soccer’s governing body, FIFA, when he urges fellow leaders of the Group of Seven nations to confront corruption.
Leaders meet Sunday at Schloss Elmau in southern Germany to discuss the global economy, development and the fight against terrorist groups including Islamic State. The U.K. prime minister, fresh from his election victory last month, will have a one-on-one meeting with President Barack Obama.
Cameron will use one of the wider sessions to argue that turning a blind eye to bribery can have devastating consequences, costing 5 percent of global gross domestic product each year, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. He’ll argue that dealing with corruption is an essential step on the road to ending global poverty.
“Just as with FIFA, we know the problem is there, but there is something of an international taboo over pointing the finger and stirring up concerns,” Cameron said in a statement. “At international summits, leaders meet to talk about aid, economic growth and how to keep our people safe. But we just don’t talk enough about corruption. This has got to change.”
FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced Tuesday he would step down, days after his re-election, as investigations by U.S. and Swiss authorities continued.