How New Zealand PM and her newborn made history at UN
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern made history by bringing her 3-month-old daughter to the UN General Assembly.
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern holds her baby before speaking at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York, US. (Photo: Reuters)
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is the first female world leader to bring an infant to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Ardern, 38, is also the second ever world leader to give birth while in office after Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto in 1990.
3-month-old Neve Te Aroha made her United Nations debut on Monday when her mother -- the Prime Minister of New Zealand -- spoke at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit in the General Assembly.
The Kiwi PM was photographed kissing and bouncing her daughter up and down in the assembly, while sitting next to her partner Clarke Gayford.
Ardern's partner, who is a TV show host and the baby's full-time caregiver, sat with the New Zealand delegation and held Neve as Ardern spoke.
Her partner Gayford shared a picture earlier on Monday of Neve's UN diplomatic photo ID for the annual gathering of world leaders in New York this week, which classified her as "New Zealand first baby".
He added in the tweet: "I wish I could have captured the startled look on a Japanese delegation inside UN yesterday who walked into a meeting room in the middle of a nappy change. Great yarn for her 21st [birthday]."
Because everyone on twitter's been asking to see Neve's UN id, staff here whipped one up.Clarke Gayford (@NZClarke) September 24, 2018
I wish I could have captured the startled look on a Japanese delegation inside UN yesterday who walked into a meeting room in the middle of a nappy change.
Great yarn for her 21st. pic.twitter.com/838BI96VYX
Ardern is her country's youngest premier and the first to take maternity leave while in office.
The United Nations was delighted to see baby Neve in the General Assembly hall, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
"Prime Minister Ardern is showing that no one is better qualified to represent her country than a working mother. Just 5 per cent of the world's leaders are women, so we need to make them as welcome here as possible," Dujarric added.With inputs from Reuters READ MORE | New Zealand PM hopes for new world for daughter Neve ALSO READ | New Zealand PM defends costly flight, says she needed less time away from baby