Rhodes Model Regional Co-operation 2016 received the patronage of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr. Thorbjørn Jagland, for being “dedicated to Regional Co-operation and simulating the Council of Europe’s works”. It is the second time in a row, that RhodesMRC receives such a distinction.
The Secretary General’s patronage is a non-material support which may be granted to any non-profit event which has a European dimension and is of clear political importance to the Council of Europe’s activities or objectives. A limited number of events is granted the Secretary General’s patronage each year. No financial undertaking is linked to the granting of patronage, as the Council of Europe has no budgetary resources beyond those which are used to implement its intergovernmental work programme.
About the Council of Europe
The Council of Europe was founded in 1949 and is the continent’s leading human rights organisation.
It includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union. All Council of Europe member states have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, a treaty designed to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The European Court of Human Rights oversees the implementation of the Convention in the member states. Individuals can bring complaints of human rights violations to the Strasbourg Court once all possibilities of appeal have been exhausted in the member state concerned. The European Union is preparing to sign the European Convention on Human Rights, creating a common European legal space for over 820 million citizens.
About the 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 64, was also the President of the Storting (Norwegian Parliament) and the leader of the Norwegian Labour Party. He is a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.