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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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...

Secretary General and Irish Foreign Minister Charles Flanagan discuss human rights in Europe

21/10/2014 Strasbourg
Thorbjørn Jagland and Ireland’s Foreign Minister, Charles Flanagan, met in Strasbourg today to discuss the state of human rights in Europe, the situation in Ukraine, Azerbaijan’s chairmanship of...

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

20 October 2014 Strasbourg
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 ensuring the rights and freedoms of internally...

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

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

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

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

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

13 October 2014 Strasbourg
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 Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has called on the...

Secretary General meets Belarusian NGOs to discuss human rights, death penalty, work on the ground

1 October 2014 Strasbourg
The Council of Europe’s Secretary General met on 1 October 2014 in Strasbourg with representatives of civil society, media community and academia from Belarus, including the Belarusian Helsinki...

Secretary General Jagland calls on all sides in Ukraine to adhere to ceasefire

1 October 2014 Strasbourg
Reacting to reports of shelling in Donetsk resulting in civilian casualties, the Secretary General said: "The ceasefire that was agreed is essential for a political solution in Ukraine. We call on...

Secretary General welcomes Serbia’s move to allow Belgrade Pride event

29 September 2014 Strasbourg
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland welcomed on Sunday the Belgrade Pride event: “After three years, Serbian authorities yesterday permitted Belgrade Pride to take place, guaranteeing freedom of...

Secretary General Jagland welcomes President Poroshenko's reform agenda

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