How New Zealand PM and her newborn made history at UN

Pauline Gross
September 25, 2018

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has made her first appearance at the United Nations General Assembly with partner Clarke Gayford and precious childe Neve Te Aroha in tow.

Little Neve Te Aroha made her United Nations debut on Monday when her mother spoke at a peace summit in the General Assembly.

Further in the interview, Ardern said being a mother has "surpassed her expectations" and has given her a greater appreciation for parents, mothers, in particular, single mothers who have to do it on their own.

On Sunday, Ardern gave her first speech in NY at Unicef's social good summit, restating her commitment to ending child poverty and making her country the best place in the world to be a child.

While in NY for the convergence of world leaders, Ardern is set for some high-profile interviews, including on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

She has said she discovered her pregnancy just a week after her election victory and was back to work after six weeks of maternity leave.

Ardern is New Zealand's 40th prime minister and the third woman to hold the post.

He posted a picture of the baby's mocked-up United Nations diplomatic photo ID that described her as "New Zealand first baby".

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As other reports also pointed out, The Straits Times reported Jacinda Ardern, 38, is only the second world leader to ever give birth while in the office.

The couple, who first met in 2012, were relatively media shy until Ms Ardern was made leader previous year.

"Prime Minister Ardern is showing that no one is better qualified to represent her county than a working mother", he said.

"If Jacinda Ardern can take her child to the UN General Assembly, I'm not going to feel so guilty about taking my toddler to cafes", Caitlin Chang wrote.

Earlier on Monday, Ardern spoke at the launch of the annual "Climate Week" event.

Ardern's fellow panellists commented on how peaceful Neve was waiting backstage with her father and Ardern joked that she "wasn't at 3:30 this morning".

Ardern tells The Guardian, "I have the ability to take my child to work, there's not many places you can do that".

"If I can do one thing, and that is change the way we think about these things, then I will pleased we have achieved something", she added.

Other reports by GizPress

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