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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Europe takes major step forward to protect women’s rights, says Secretary General Jagland

Strasbourg,  23 April 2014, As Andorra became the 10th country to ratify the Council of Europe's Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence , the treaty – which required 10 ratifications to enter into force – will become applicable on 1 August this year.  In a statement today, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland praises its application, stressing how the convention pulls together judicial reform, victim...

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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...

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...