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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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Secretary General meets Prime Minister of Luxembourg

01/11/2014 Strasbourg
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland met today Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The exchange of views focused on the crisis in Ukraine, on the Secretary General’s...

Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland in Moscow for talks with Foreign Minister Lavrov and meetings with civil society representatives

26/11/2014 Strasbourg
Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will be in Moscow on 27-28 November for a working visit. He will meet with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov...

Statement by Belgian Foreign Minister and Committee of Ministers Chairman Didier Reynders and Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland

24/11/2014 Strasbourg
Turning vision into reality: the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention - response to women victims of violence across the world On the International Day on Ending Violence against Women, the...

Secretary General Jagland: Europe must do more to investigate cases of violence against women

21/11/2014 Strasbourg
In this comment, Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, explains why more governments need to sign and ratify the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on violence against...

Decision to postpone court hearing on liquidation of Russian Memorial Society welcome development, says Secretary General

13/11/2014 Strasbourg
Following today’s decision by the Russian Supreme Court to postpone the hearing of a lawsuit brought by the Russian Justice Ministry against the Russian Memorial Society, the Council of Europe’s...

Joint Statement by European Commission First Vice President and Secretary General

12/11/2014 Strasbourg
Secretary General Jagland and European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans met today in Brussels. They made the following statement: “On the occasion of our meeting today, we have...

Thorbjørn Jagland in Brussels

12/11/2014 Strasbourg
The Secretary General was in Brussels for meetings with high-level representatives of the European Union and the Belgian authorities. Topics for discussion with the First Vice President of the EU...

Secretary General deeply concerned by reports of third execution in Belarus this year

04/11/2014 Strasbourg
Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland said he was deeply concerned by the reports of the third execution in Belarus this year. "Capital punishment is not justice. It directly contradicts European...

Secretary General Jagland opens Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy with Jeremy Rifkin

03/11/2014 Strasbourg
Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today opened the 2014 World Forum for Democracy with an appeal to engage with young people in order to revive democracy and democratic...

Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland calls for full implementation of Minsk Protocol ahead of so-called elections planned in Donetsk and Lugansk

01/11/2014 Strasbourg
With regard to the intention of the self-declared authorities in eastern Ukraine to hold elections on Sunday, Secretary General Jagland recalls the Minsk Protocol of 5 September 2014, signed by...

Tunisia’s first post-revolution elections praised by Secretary General Jagland

27/10/2014 Strasbourg
Following this Sunday’s vote in Tunisia for the country’s first post-revolution parliament, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland issued a statement to “congratulate the people of...

Secretary General Jagland welcomes Ukrainian poll

26/10/2014 Strasbourg
Secretary General Jagland has welcomed the parliamentary election in Ukraine “Today's election was a clear expression of the Ukrainian people’s desire for peace, democracy and unity of the country....

Secretary General Jagland congratulates Jean-Claude Juncker on new Commission

22/10/2014 Strasbourg
"I congratulate Jean-Claude Juncker on the new European Commission. The Council of Europe and the European Union are close partners working together to promote human rights, democracy and the rule...

First meeting of Joint Working Group on Human Rights Issues in Azerbaijan

22/10/2014 Strasbourg
Following an agreement between Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and Azerbaijan's President Aliyev last August, a Joint Working Group on Human Rights Issues composed of some 18 human rights...