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.  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.

 

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Law on IDPs adopted in Ukraine welcome development, good basis for addressing their needs, says Secretary General

Strasbourg,  20 October 2014, The Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland made a statement on today’s adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the Law on...

Secretary General Jagland welcomes adoption of reforms in Ukraine; regrets law on IDPs was not adopted

Strasbourg,  14 October 2014, Following today’s vote in Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland , made this statement: "I...

Bosnia and Herzegovina: all citizens should have the right to stand for elections

Strasbourg,  13 October 2014, Following the 7th general elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Secretary General Jagland published the following statement: “The voters in...

Secretary General Jagland calls on Azerbaijan to release opposition politician Ilgar Mammadov

Strasbourg,  13 October 2014, With reference to a recent judgment from the European Court of Human Rights which it declared final today, the Secretary General of the Council of...

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...

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...

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...

Secretary General Jagland welcomes President Poroshenko's reform agenda

Strasbourg,  26 September 2014, The Secretary General of the Council of Europe welcomes the strategy for reforms in Ukraine announced by President Poroshenko. “Many of the...

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...

Secretary General Jagland welcomes Muslim protests against IS terror

Strasbourg,  25 September 2014, The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has welcomed initiatives of Muslim associations across Europe protesting...

Pope Francis receives Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland

Vatican City (Holy See),  20 September 2014, Pope Francis received Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today in a private audience. Secretary General...

Sports is about health, fairness and integration, says Secretary General Jagland

Macolin,  18 September 2014, Addressing the conference of European sports ministers in Switzerland, Thorbjørn Jagland, called on all governments to sign and ratify the new...

Secretary General announces new initiatives in the areas of freedom of expression and democratic participation

Strasbourg,  16 September 2014, Presenting his agenda for the next five years to the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers today, Secretary General Jagland gave top...

Secretary General praises Tunisian example of “wind of change” in southern Mediterranean

Lisbon,  15 September 2014, For the some 200 participants of the Lisbon Forum this year, hosted by the Council of Europe’s North-South Centre , the theme of consolidating...

Council of Europe and European Broadcasting Union reinforce cooperation to promote public service media

Strasbourg,  08 September 2014, The Council of Europe and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) have agreed to increase their cooperation to promote public service media in...

Ukraine: Secretary General welcomes the ceasefire agreement

Strasbourg,  06 September 2014, The Secretary General has welcomed the ceasefire agreement reached at the meeting of the contact group in Minsk on Friday 5 September, saying: ...

Secretary General Jagland meets Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and State Duma Speaker Naryshkin

Strasbourg,  4 September 2014, Secretary General Jagland had meetings today in Moscow with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and the Speaker of the Duma, Sergei...

Secretary General Jagland meets Ukrainian President Poroshenko and Foreign Minister Klimkin

Strasbourg,  2 September 2014, Secretary General Jagland met Ukrainian President Poroshenko and Foreign Minister Klimkin in Kiev today. Talks focused on the situation in the...

Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland concerned about recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, USA

Strasbourg,  20 August 2014, Statement of Secretary General Jagland on recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, USA: “The recent violent events in Ferguson, Missouri, after the...

Secretary General Jagland calls on European governments to step up humanitarian aid in eastern Ukraine

Strasbourg,  19 August 2014, On Tuesday morning, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland sent a letter to Council of Europe foreign ministers drawing attention to the worsening...