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 2013

Secretary General Jagland condemns terrorist attacks in Volgograd, Russia

Strasbourg,  30 December 2013, Following the terrorist attacks in Volgograd, Russia, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland published the following statement: "I was shocked to...

Thorbjørn Jagland pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

Strasbourg,  6 December 2013, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland pays tribute to Nelson Mandela: "Nelson Mandela was the world's greatest human rights defender of our time. ...

Ukrainian government and opposition agree on Secretary General Jagland's plan to oversee investigation into Kyiv clashes

Kyiv,  6 December 2013, The three main opposition parties in Ukraine and Prime Minister Azarov have accepted Secretary General Jagland's plan to establish an expert advisory...

Secretary Jagland proposes expert panel to oversee investigation into Kiev clashes

Kyiv,  5 December 2013, Following his visit to Ukraine, Secretary General Jagland published the following statement: "The aim of our discussions with government and opposition...

Ukraine: Secretary General meets leaders of parliamentary parties, speaker of Parliament, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister

Strasbourg,  4 December 2013, Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland met today in Kiev with the leaders of the parliamentary parties, the speaker of the Parliament, the Prime...

Many people with disabilities are being deprived of basic human rights

Strasbourg,  2 December 2013, On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities,  Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland  calls on member states to move...

Secretary General concludes World Forum for Democracy

Strasbourg,  29 November 2013, In his  closing remarks  to the Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy ,  Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland   highlighted...

Secretary General: Ratify the Council of Europe’s convention on violence against women

Strasbourg,  25 November 2013, On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Secretary General Jagland encouraged states to ratify the Council of...

Turkish Minister of Justice, Sadullah Ergin, visits Council of Europe

Strasbourg,  13 November 2013, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today met Mr Sadullah Ergin, Minister of Justice of Turkey who is paying a visit to the Council of Europe....

Berlin: Secretary General speaks to Conference of European Rabbis

Berlin,  11 November 2013, In his keynote speech to the conference of European Rabbis, the Secretary General underlined the Council of Europe's commitment to religious...

Secretary General meets with President of German Bundestag

Strasbourg,  12 November 2013, In their meeting on 11 November in Berlin, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and the President of the German Bundestag, Dr. Norbert Lammert,...

Secretary General makes official visit to Montenegro

Podgorica,  8 November 2013, Secretary General Jagland discussed Montenegro's progress in integrating minorities in particular the Roma people and the LGBT population with the...

Secretary General Jagland meets with Serbian President Nikolić

Belgrade,  7 November 2013, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić discussed Serbia's constructive role in regional reconciliation. Mr....

Secretary General gives support to FIFA's "handshake for peace" initiative

Strasbourg,  4 November 2013, The Secretary General met with a delegation of the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA), lead by FIFA President Sepp Blatter....

Secretary General receives Commander of the Legion of Honour award

Paris,  28 October 2013, President of France, François Hollande, personally awarded Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland the title of Commander of the...

Secretary General Jagland makes official visit to Austria and the OSCE

Strasbourg,  23 October 2013, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is making an official visit to Austria from 23-24 October. In his discussions with Foreign...

Secretary General Jagland on official visit to Greece

Strasbourg,  22 October 2013, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is making an official visit to Greece from 22-23 October. In Athens, Mr Jagland is...

Italian Minister Kyenge visits the Council of Europe

Strasbourg,  16 October 2013, The Italian Minister for Integration Cécile Kyenge is visiting the Council of Europe for talks with the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, the...

Jagland: disappointed and alarmed by discriminatory actions and stigmatising words against Roma

Strasbourg,  26 September 2013, Responding to the current discussion about Roma in France, Sweden and other European countries, the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, issued...
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