The Tibet Bureau in Geneva is the official agency of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile (Tibetan Central Administration), based in Dharamsala, India, for Central and Eastern Europe.
The Tibet Bureau, opened in 1964, has as its main objective a better understanding of the situation in Tibet and to raise public awareness of the non-violent struggle of the Tibetan people.
It represents His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in exile in the following countries: Switzerland, Germany, Principality of Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, Malta, Greece, Turkey, San Marino, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia & Montenegro , Bosnia Herzegovina, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania
It works in close cooperation with the United Nations and other international organizations.
The Tibet Bureau provides administrative assistance to the Tibetans living in the countries mentioned above.
It organizes the visits and travels of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and representatives of the Tibetan Government in exile in the above mentioned countries.
Its Main Functions are:
- Preparing visits of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and officials of the Central Tibetan Administration
- Look after the welfare of Tibetans living in Europe and to strengthen their relationship with the Central Tibetan Administration
- Support the preservation and promotion of Tibetan culture, religion and language
- To inform and seek support from governments, parliamentarians, international institutions, NGOs and interested individuals about the situation in Tibet and the Tibetan issues.
- To maintain contact with Chinese in Europe including from mainland China to explain His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s position to resolve the Tibet issue through non-violence
- To raise the Tibet issues in UN Human Rights Council sessions
- Seek funds for education, health and other social developmental projects
Ngodup Dorjee took up the position of Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Central and Eastern Europe on 01 October 2014.
Prior to taking up this position, he was the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the EU, Western Europe & the Maghreb from June 2012-September 2014 in Brussels.
He joined the service of Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) in 1982 on the position of Secretary at Tibetan Refugee Service Co-operative Society in Ladakh (Northern India) after completing his education. He rose through ranks and held various positions in Central Tibetan Administrations before taking up the position of Secretary of the Department of Home.
Much of Ngodup’s career was centered on rural development and public administration.