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New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern brings baby to United Nations assembly

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New
Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern sits with her partner and
baby Neve during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New
York.

REUTERS/Carlo
Allegri


  • Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, brought
    her newborn baby to the United Nations general assembly —
    becoming the first female world leader to do so.
  • Ardern played with baby Neve before giving a speech at
    the Nelson Mandela peace summit.
  • Ardern’s partner, Chris Gayford, who is a
    stay-at-home-dad, looked after Neve during her speech.
  • Gayford shared a photo of Neve’s security pass on
    Twitter, which identified her as the “first baby.”

New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern made history on
Monday evening as the first female world leader to attend the
United Nations general assembly with her newborn baby.

Ardern brought her infant baby Neve, who she gave birth to in
June, to the meeting, where she played with her
before giving a speech at the Nelson Mandela peace
summit.

While Ardern was speaking, her partner Clarke Gayford, who
is a stay-at-home dad, held the baby on his lap.

Gayford posted a photo on Twitter of an ID card he said staff
made for Neve, complete with the title “first baby.”

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,” he wrote.

“Great yarn for her 21st.”

In June, Ardern became the
first world leader to take maternity
leave while in
office.

When interviewed by
NBC’s Today show
Ardern said that juggling
parenthood and her role as prime minister had “met my
expectations.” But she said that the joy she felt at Neve “had
far surpassed my expectations.”


Jacinda Ardern United Nations
New
Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern spoke at the Nelson Mandela
Peace Summit during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in
New York

Carlo
Allegri/Reuters


She said told
the New Zeland Herald
that Gayford’s tickets to
New York and expenses would be paid for by the couple, rather
than by the taxpayer, as Gayford was largely there to take care
of Neve, rather than attend official engagements.

“There is no spousal programme for this, so we just made a
judgment call that we would cover his travel for this trip. He
will be going to some things, but he’s primarily traveling to
care for Neve,” she said.

Ardern is only the second elected world leader to give
birth while in office.

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