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.

 

News 2011

Jagland: Council of Europe ready to support Russia's democratic reforms

Strasbourg,  23 December 2011, The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, welcomes the democratic reforms announced by President Medvedev and offers...

Secretary General condemns persistent discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population in Europe

Strasbourg,  9 December 2011, Ahead of International Human Rights Day, Thorbjørn Jagland warned that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Europeans continue to face...

Secretary General reacts to the death of Vaclav Havel

Strasbourg,  18 December 2011, "Without people like Vaclav Havel, Europe today would be a very different place. As an author, dissident and statesman he always remained faithful...

Secretary General reacts to announcement of new death sentences in Belarus

Strasbourg,  30 November 2011, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland today made the following statement: "I urge the Belarus authorities not to carry out...

Secretary General opens the "Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue in Luxembourg"

Luxembourg,  28 November 2011, "Religion can be a powerful and positive force for social cohesion, allowing communities of different origins to work for the common good, in...

Jagland addresses media freedom in Turkey and meets Erdogan

Ankara,  15 November 2011, By invitation of the Turkish Ministry of Justice the Secretary General participated in a conference entitled "Case Law of the European Court of Human...

Secretary General meets French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé

Paris,  23 November 2011, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland met French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé for bilateral consultations on Wednesday in Paris. Topics of...

Jagland welcomes NGO debate on Living Together

Strasbourg,  14 November 2011, Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland welcomed the participation of non governmental organisations (NGO) from some 40 countries – including North...

Human rights overarching theme for UK Chairmanship

Strasbourg,  7 November 2011, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague today stressed the determination and political commitment of his government to drive forward essential...

Secretary General in London ahead of UK chairmanship

London,  25 October 2011, In London today for talks with the UK government ahead of its chairmanship of the Council of Europe, the Secretary General met with Deputy Prime...

Secretary General makes first official visit to Netherlands

Leiden,  3 November 2011, "Europe is a place where nations, cultures and people meet and mix and this constitutes our true identity", has said today Thorbjørn Jagland in a...

Jagland addresses Forum for Future of Democracy

Limassol,  13 October 2011, "Countries are running a high risk of seriously undermining the European model of social cohesion", Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland warned...

Secretary General greets sportsmen with disabilities

Strasbourg,  18 October 2011, Thorbjørn Jagland welcomed participants in the Lipetsk-Strasbourg international cycle race this afternoon at the finish line in Strasbourg, as...

Secretary General makes first official visit to Kazakhstan

Astana,  11 October 2011, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is making his first official visit to Astana for meetings with the President of Kazakhstan, the Speaker of the...

Secretary General reacts to Tymoshenko's sentence

Strasbourg,  11 October 2011, Reacting to the verdict in the trial against the former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe,...

"What reasons behind the ban of Belgrade Pride?"

Strasbourg,  3 October 2011, In a letter to the Serbian President Boris Tadic, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, requests clarification on what...

Secretary General meets Mahmoud Abbas

New York,  23 September 2011, In New York this week to attend the UN General Assembly, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland discussed the Palestinian...

Jagland calls on US to spare the life of Troy Davis

Strasbourg,  21 September 2011, "As Secretary General of the Council of Europe I appeal to the competent US authorities to find a way to spare the life of Troy Davis, scheduled...

Jagland makes first official visit to Poland Warsaw

Warsaw,  15 September 2011, Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, is today making his first official visit to Warsaw for meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs,...

Jagland condemns terrorist attacks in Ankara and Siirt

Strasbourg,  21 September 2011, "I strongly condemn the terrorist attacks in Ankara and Siirt yesterday. Terrorism is a crime. It's an attack on our common values of democracy,...
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