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 meets Belarusian NGOs to discuss human rights, death penalty, work on the ground

Strasbourg,  1 October 2014, The Council of Europe’s Secretary General met on 1 October 2014 in Strasbourg with representatives of civil society, media community and academia from Belarus, including the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” and the Belarusian Association of Journalists. They discussed human rights situation in the country, death penalty, and broader co-operation between the Council of Europe and Belarus. While Belarus is not...

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Secretary General Jagland calls on all sides in Ukraine to adhere to ceasefire

Strasbourg,  1 October 2014, Reacting to reports of shelling in Donetsk resulting in civilian casualties, the Secretary General said: "The ceasefire that was agreed is essential for a political solution in Ukraine. We call on all sides to stop the killing". Ukraine and the...

Secretary General welcomes Serbia’s move to allow Belgrade Pride event

Strasbourg,  29 September 2014, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland welcomed on Sunday the Belgrade Pride event: “After three years, Serbian authorities yesterday permitted Belgrade Pride to take place, guaranteeing freedom of assembly and expression for the LGBT...

Secretary General meets Kyrgyzstan Foreign Minister

25 September 2014, On 25 September the Secretary General met the Kyrgyzstan Foreign Minister at the UN General Assembly in New York. They discussed cooperation between the Council of Europe and Kyrgyzstan and political issues in the Central Asia region. The SG congratulated...