Jacinda Ardern makes history by bringing her newborn baby to the UN General Assembly

Jacinda Ardern made history by taking her baby to the UN General Assembly [Photo: Getty]
Jacinda Ardern made history by taking her baby to the UN General Assembly [Photo: Getty]

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has made history as the first world leader to attend the United Nations general assembly with her baby.

As many working mums will appreciate there are times when you’ve got to get on with the job at hand, and your baby will have to come too, particularly if you’re breastfeeding.

Case in point, Jacinda Ardern.

The New Zealand leader, 38, attended the UN conference on Monday evening with her baby in tow, playing with the three-month-old before giving a speech at the Nelson Mandela peace summit.

While she spoke, her partner, Clarke Gayford, who is little Neve’s full time caregiver, held the newborn on his lap.

The PM gave birth to Neve Te Aroha on 21 June and returned to work in early August after taking just six weeks maternity leave.

Ardern is currently breastfeeding Neve, meaning her baby daughter had to travel with her to New York for the six-day trip.

Baby Neve stayed with her dad while Jacinda Ardern made a speech [Photo: Getty]
Baby Neve stayed with her dad while Jacinda Ardern made a speech [Photo: Getty]

Ms Ardern is New Zealand’s second youngest leader and the first to take maternity leave while in office.

Little Neve had a great time at the annual gathering of world leaders, even having her nappy changed in front of the Japanese delegation.

Sharing a photo of his daughter’s mock security pass, Clarke Gayford, revealed the newborn made quite the impression.

“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),” he wrote.

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Commenting on the baby’s appearance the General Assembly hall, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said:

“Prime Minister Ardern is showing that no one is better qualified to represent her country than a working mother.

“Just 5 percent of the world’s leaders are women, so we need to make them as welcome here as possible.”

Neve isn’t the only baby to have made their political debut recently. Last May Little Alia Joy Waters made history by becoming the first baby to be breast fed in the Australian parliament.

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