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.



Statement of Secretary Thorbjørn Jagland on the deadly terrorist attack on a school in Pakistan

16/12/2014 Strasbourg
The world looks in horror and disbelief at this outrageous act of terrorism. My thoughts go out to the victims' families and friends and to all the millions of Pakistanis aspiring to a peaceful and democratic future. Even in these dark times, I encourage the people of Pakistan not to give up on the hope and inspiration that Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai instilled in us all. My message to Pakistan today is: the world feels for you. Don't give up. Our fight against this mindless terrorism...


Council of Europe concerned about actions against media outlets. Secretary General Jagland will make official visit to Turkey on 6-7 January

14/12/2014 Strasbourg
We are closely following the actions taken by the authorities in Turkey with regard to several media outlets over the last 24 hours. The Council of Europe is always concerned when freedom of media is at risk and journalists are hindered in their work. Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will...

Anti-Semitism is a threat not only in France but all over Europe

10 December 2014 Strasbourg
“France, its President, its Prime Minister and its Interior Minister have made the fight against anti-Semitism a national cause. The Council of Europe fully supports this initiative because anti-Semitism is a threat not only in France but all over Europe. For a few years now, our experts, in...

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland welcomes transparency of US Senate CIA report in a statement to AFP

10 December 2014 Strasbourg
(AFP) The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland on Wednesday welcomed the publication of the US Senate’s report on the CIA, which he regarded as confirming the findings of the pan-European organisation and the European Court of Human Rights. The US Senate’s report on CIA...

Secretary General Jagland calls for immediate release of Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova

09/12/2014 Strasbourg
I am concerned that a Baku court ordered the two-month pre-trial detention of prominent Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova. Her arrest was unnecessary. It sends a very negative message to the civil society in Azerbaijan and to the international community. It once again puts...

Secretary General Jagland addresses OSCE in Basel

04/12/2014 Strasbourg
The need for a concerted effort of the main international organisations addressing the crisis in Ukraine and the urgency of humanitarian relief were key messages of the speech by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland at the meeting of the Ministerial Council of the...