Biographical Note
UNDCP United Nations General Assembly  
Special Session on the World Drug Problem  

New York, 8-10 June 1998


On 1 September 1997, Mr. Pino Arlacchi, an Italian citizen, was appointed Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna and Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP), Vienna. As Under-Secretary-General he is directly responsible to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Mr. Arlacchi was a member of the Italian Senate from 1995 to 1997 and a member of the Chamber of Deputies from 1994 to 1995. During this period he was elected Vice-President of the Parliamentary Commission on the Mafia, on which he had previously served as adviser from 1984-1986.

In the early 1990s, Mr. Arlacchi established, in his capacity as Senior Adviser to Italy's Ministry of the Interior, the Direzione Investigativa Antimafia-DIA, a law-enforcement agency entrusted with fighting organized crime. In 1989, he became President of the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime.

In 1992, Mr. Arlacchi was appointed Honorary President of the Giovanni Falcone Foundation in recognition of his commitment to fighting the Mafia. This Foundation was named after the Italian prosecutor, and close friend of Mr. Arlacchi, who was assassinated by the Sicilian Mafia in 1992.

From 1988 to 1994, he was associate professor of applied sociology at the University of Florence, Italy, and in 1987 he was visiting professor at Columbia University in New York. From 1982 to 1985, he was associate professor at the University of Calabria. He became full professor of sociology at the University of Sassari in 1994.

Mr. Arlacchi has long served as adviser to those United Nations organizations active in the field of drug control.

His books and publications on organized crime have received international acclaim and have been translated into many languages. His studies on the Mafia phenomenon have not only brought him worldwide recognition for advances made in research and methodology, but had also paved the way for the enactment of anti-Mafia legislative bills and continue to aid the global fight against the scourge of organized crime.

Born in Gioia Tauro, Reggio Calabria, Italy, on 21 February 1951, Mr. Arlacchi lives and works in Vienna, Austria. He is married and has two children.