SECRETARY GENERAL

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. 

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.

 

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Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland welcomes meeting of Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents

Strasbourg,  10 August 2014, In a statement today the Secretary General called on both sides to deescalate the violence: "I welcome the meeting held today in Sochi between President Aliyev of Azerbaijan, President Sargsyan of Armenia and President Putin of the Russian Federation. Following the latest armed incidents along the Line of Contact and the Armenian-Azerbaijani State border, this meeting marks a positive step towards the resuming of dialogue between the two...

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Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland expresses concern for human rights defenders in Azerbaidjan

Strasbourg,  11 August 2014, Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland: “In a telephone conversation with President Aliyev of Azerbaidjan this morning, I  expressed my deep concerns about the arrests of prominent human rights defenders in recent...

Say no to hate

Strasbourg,  22 July 2014, On the third anniversary of the terrorist attacks in Utøya and Oslo, Norway, I encourage all to support and show solidarity for victims of hate crimes and for greater public awareness about the consequences of hate speech in our society. ...

Secretary General: Loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 17, reminder that conflict in eastern Ukraine must end

Strasbourg,  18 July 2014, Following the jet crash report in eastern Ukraine, the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland says he is shocked over the tragic loss of life: “I was shocked to learn about the tragic loss of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 over eastern Ukraine. I...