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“Ambassador Cousin Bids Farewell, but Not Goodbye”

Former U.S. Ambassador Ertharin Cousin

Former U.S. Ambassador Ertharin Cousin

March 30, 2012

ROME, Italy - Ambassador Ertharin Cousin hosted a “farewell, but not goodbye” reception in celebration of her tenure at the U.S. Mission to the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies here in Rome (USUN Rome).   Ambassador Cousin honorably served as the tenth official Ambassador to USUN Rome from September 2009 to April 5, 2012.  Ambassador Cousin assumed her new role as Executive Director of the UN World Food Program (WFP) on April 5, 2012. 

Over 120 guests attended the farewell event at the Chief of Mission Residence.   The large crowd  reflected the admiration and respect many colleagues have for the Ambassador.   USUN Rome staff, as well as many delegates from the Rome-based food and agriculture agencies attended, including permanent representatives from Algeria, Australia, Belgium, Cameroon, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, and many other countries.  Ambassador Cousin thanked everyone for their support and friendship during her tenure.   She received applause from the attendees for her commitment and dedication to working with the global community to achieve food security.

After speeches and appetizers, the dancing began!  Music that could best be described as “funk” blasted through the house, and everyone loosened their ties and displayed their best dance moves.  After all, Ambassador Cousin had promised her friends and colleagues one last dance party before ending her tenure as USUN Rome Ambassador.  Ambassador Cousin will be sorely missed as a colleague, a mentor, a leader and a friend.  We all wish her the very best in her new appointment as WFP Executive Director.