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 Jagland welcomes Geneva agreement on Ukraine, supports inclusive constitutional reform process

Strasbourg,  17 April 2014, Statement of Secretary General Jagland on the Geneva agreement of the European Union, the United States, Ukraine and the Russian Federation: "The Council of Europe welcomes the Geneva agreement on Ukraine. All parties should now refrain from violence and engage in political negotiations about the future of the nation. Ukraine needs a comprehensive and inclusive constitutional reform process. We have agreed with the Ukrainian authorities...

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Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland: “Europe in biggest human rights crisis since Cold War”

Strasbourg,  16 April 2014, Serious human rights violations including corruption, human trafficking, racism and discrimination persist across Europe, according to a new report by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland . Unemployment and poverty in many countries are nurturing...

International Advisory Panel on Ukraine concludes first working session

Strasbourg,  15 April 2014, The first working session of the International Advisory Panel on Ukraine took place at the Palais de l'Europe, Strasbourg, from 9 to 11 April 2014. The International Advisory Panel (IAP) was initiated in December 2013 by Secretary General...

Secretary General Jagland statement on Ukraine clashes

Strasbourg,  13 April 2014, Reacting to the situation in Ukraine, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland released the following statement: "I am deeply concerned by reports of violent clashes in Ukraine today. I call on all parties in Ukraine to refrain from violence and to...