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. 

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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Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland concerned about recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, USA

Strasbourg,  20 August 2014, Statement of Secretary General Jagland on recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, USA: “The recent violent events in Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting of an unarmed teenager raise concern. I am particularly concerned by the reported use of excessive force by the police against peaceful protesters and their arrest, including journalists covering the events, as this undermines the full exercise of human rights, starting with the rights to...

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Secretary General Jagland calls on European governments to step up humanitarian aid in eastern Ukraine

Strasbourg,  19 August 2014, On Tuesday morning, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland sent a letter to Council of Europe foreign ministers drawing attention to the worsening situation of displaced persons and made the following statement: “The humanitarian situation in...

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland expresses concern for human rights defenders in Azerbaidjan

Strasbourg,  11 August 2014, Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland: “In a telephone conversation with President Aliyev of Azerbaidjan this morning, I  expressed my deep concerns about the arrests of prominent human rights defenders in recent...

Say no to hate

Strasbourg,  22 July 2014, On the third anniversary of the terrorist attacks in Utøya and Oslo, Norway, I encourage all to support and show solidarity for victims of hate crimes and for greater public awareness about the consequences of hate speech in our society. ...