New Zealand PM brings baby to UN assembly

Continuing the whirlwind of high profile events in New York Ardern this morning went from an appearance on the Today

As world leaders gather in NY for the annual meeting at the UN General Assembly, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrived on Monday with her three-month-old baby.

Clarke and Neve showed up to the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, where Jacinda spoke about the legacy of the late leader, who she described as being a "living embodiment of the United Nations' values".

While her mother was speaking about what Mandela meant to New Zealand, three-month old Neve watched on, held by father Clarke Gayford, 40, who is the baby's full-time caregiver. "Great yarn for her 21st", he wrote.

Mr Gayford sent an image of his daughter's United Nations security pass, which playfully listed her title as "First Baby".

She said apologised to passengers ahead of their flight to NY as the pair took baby Neve on board.

Ms Ardern is among world leaders at the UN General Assembly this week and has Neve, born in June, in tow.

As the prime minister delivers her speech, her partner holds the baby in his lap.

The United Nations was delighted to see baby Neve in the General Assembly hall, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

The couple, who first met in 2012, were relatively media shy until Ms Ardern was made leader previous year. "He will be going to some things, but he's primarily travelling to care for Neve", Ardern told the New Zealand Herald.

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

"Ardern has earned a reputation as a frugal leader who recently froze MPs salaries for a year and makes her ministers carpool to events", it said.

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

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern holds her daughter Neve after addressing the UN.

The spokesperson said just 5 percent of the world's leaders were women, so the United Nations needed to make them as welcome as possible.

"Unless there is a culture that accepts that mothers and children are part of our workplaces, then we won't change anything". She is also only the second elected world leader to give birth during her tenure, after Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto in 1990.

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