New Zealand PM Creates History By Taking 3-Month-Old Baby To U.N. General Assembly

While ‘first ladies’ at the UN General Assembly is a pretty common sight, have you ever come across a ‘first baby’ in the same?  Don’t’ think too much, because none of us had, until 24th September 2018.

In a first, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern became the first female world leader to attend the United Nations general assembly meeting with her newborn baby. The history-making appearance also saw her play with the 3-year-old, before moving up to give her speech at the Nelson Mandela speech summit.

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The baby was also handed a mock pass which labelled her as the ‘first baby’. Isn’t that cute? Hell yeah!

However, what’s cuter is how her partner Clarke Gayford, held daughter Neve Te Aroha on his lap, as Ardern delivered her speech. It is to be noted that Gayford, who is a fishing television presenter, is the baby’s primary carer.

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According to The Guardian, Ardern mentioned that she would be happy if this helps people change the way they look at things.

“I have the ability to take my child to work, there’s not many places you can do that. I am not the gold standard for bringing up a child in this current environment because there are things about my circumstances that are not the same.

“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.”

According to The Indian Express, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric termed the baby’s debut as the best surprise the United Nations could have got. He went on to heap praise on the Ardern for leading by example.

“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.”

Twitter was elated to see the PM’s ‘practical decision’ of bringing Neve to the premiere. While some of them expressed how adorable the moment was, the others pointed out its massive influence.

This deserves a standing ovation.

Breaking barriers.

Need this, definitely.

This one was for all the working mothers in the world.

The baby’s going places, for sure.

In case you do not know, Jacinda Ardern is only the second world leader to give birth while in office. The first one being Benazir Bhutto, who gave birth to her daughter Bakhtawar in 1990.