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.

 

Opinion articles 2010

Only in Europe have we taken seriously the Universal declaration of Human rights

(''Toute l'Europe''),  5 November 2010, Toute l'Europe: As you know, yesterday was the sixtieth anniversary of the signing of the European Convention of Human Rights. What...

Banning the burqa compromises the very principles that we value

(''The Independent''),  7 July 2010, No woman should be forced to wear religious apparel by her community or family. Nobody should be forced to go to any kind of house of prayer....

Finally One Europe without dividing lines?

(''New Europe''),  30 August 2010, The Secretary General of the Council of Europe outlines the progressive accession of the European Union to the European Convention of Human...

Spectres of inhumanity

(''The Guardian''),  29 June 2010, New hatreds are surfacing in Europe. The economic crisis cannot be an excuse to walk over human rights Europe's human rights landscape is...

We must look deeper for Europe's future

(''New Europe''),  4 July 2010, Europe's human rights landscape is about to change. The accession of the European Union to the European Convention of Human Rights, made possible...

Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity should be consigned to the pages of history!

(''Metro magazine'', Poland; ''Têtu'', France / ''New Europe''),  17 May 2010 / 31 May 2010, 17 May marks the International Day against Homophobia. Europe has seen important...

65 years of humanity and a new Europe

(''Kommersant''),  11 May 2010, By Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe I would like to use the opportunity of the 65 th anniversary of the Victory...

Europe speaks back

(''Time'') version anglaise,  29 mars 2010, Europe is hardly shrinking. The European project is far from perfect and the E.U. currently faces many challenges, from bolstering the...

Europe must defend free expression

(''The Guardian''/''New Europe'),  3 May 2010 / 10 May 2010, The fate of imprisoned editor Eynulla Fatullayev is a matter of grave concern. He has been jailed for three years on...