The United Nations Institute for Training and Research is a dedicated training arm of the United Nations system. The institute provides training and capacity development activities to help mainly developing countries, Least Developed Countries (LDCs), small island developing countries and other most vulnerable groups and communities.
It was established in 1963 on the recommendation of the United Nations Economic and Social Council of the General Assembly. The institute is operated as an autonomous body under the United Nations system, headed by Executive Director. Currently its Executive Director is Nikhil Seth from India, who was appointed in the year 2015.
It is a project-based organization, financed entirely by voluntary contributions. It is known that no funds are provided from the regular budget of the United Nations. Its headquarter is in Geneva (Switzerland). The institute commended India's remarkable progress in reducing premature mortality from non-communicable diseases.