Mr. Thorbjørn Jagland is the 13th Secretary General of the Council of Europe. The Secretary General has the overall responsibility for the strategic management of the Organisation. Mr. Jagland was elected in September 2009.  In June 2014, he was re-elected, and his second term in office commenced on October 1, 2014.

The former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Norway, Thorbjørn Jagland, aged 63, was also the President of the Storting (Norwegian Parliament) and the leader of the Norwegian Labour Party. He is currently the Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which awards the Nobel Peace Prize.



Davos: Secretary General Jagland and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin discuss eastern Ukraine, reforms

22 January 2015 Davos
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland met Foreign Minister of Ukraine Mr Pavlo Klimkin today in Davos, Switzerland. They discussed the extremely difficult and serious situation in the eastern Ukraine and the urgent need for an immediate ceasefire and strict adherence to the Minsk Protocol provisions by all sides. Minister Klimkin reiterated his appreciation of the role and assistance of the Council of Europe in the decentralization process, as well as in the other areas of necessary reform in...


Secretary General meets Latvian Prime Minister

15 January 2015 Strasbourg
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today met Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma for talks on the Latvian EU Presidency, co-operation with the Council of Europe and the current security situation. They discussed measures to combat terrorism, in particular the Council of Europe's Convention...

'Charlie Hebdo' massacre, attack on democratic society

12 January 2015 Strasbourg
Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland joined the Unity Rally for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack and for freedom of expression in Paris by invitation of President Hollande and the French government (Place de la République, 15h). The Secretary General accepted the...

Secretary General in Ankara

6-7 January 2015 Ankara
Secretary General Jagland has welcomed Turkey's intention strengthen co-operation with the Council of Europe, and to become a major contributor to the Organisation's budget, together with the other five large member states: France, Germany, Italy, Russia and the United Kingdom. The decision was...

Secretary General in Ankara

6-7 January 2015 Ankara
The Secretary General will address an annual conference of ambassadors organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr Jagland will also meet with the President of the Constitutional Court, Haşim Kiliç. Several meetings are scheduled with representatives of civil society and the opposition....

Statement of Secretary General Jagland regarding the decree of pardon signed on 29 December by President Aliyev

30/12/2014 Strasbourg
"The decree signed by the President of Azerbaijan includes 10 names from the 'prisoners list' submitted by human rights defenders. This is a step in the right direction. However, there are still many names on the list that need to be urgently considered. Some well-known human rights defenders...