Jacinda Ardern, PM Of New Zealand’s Baby Makes History at U.N General Assembly

Ardern, 38, was photographed kissing and coddling Neve in the assembly hall next to partner Clarke Gayford at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit.

By bringing her 3 months old baby at the United Nations General Assembly while attending it for the first time as the first female head of state, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has made a history again this week as previously she gave birth to her baby in the office.


According to the guardian, Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford arrived in New York with their three-month-old daughter Neve Te Aroha. On Monday, the baby was enjoying the front-row seat from her father’s lap while Ardern delivered a speech at the Nelson Mandela peace summit.

On Monday, Gayford posted a photo of Neve’s official U.N. identification, which reads “first baby.”

“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.

In October 2017, 38 years old Ardern became New Zealand’s third female prime minister and the world’s youngest female head of state.

After former Pakistani prime minister Benzir Bhutto Ardern became only the second sitting world leader to give birth while in office in June. Ardern says that within a week of her election victory last year she discovered the pregnancy. She returned to work from six weeks of maternity leave early last month.

Her work-life balance was again questioned last month when breastfeeding baby Neve necessitated an extra flight in order for Ardern to both attend to her newborn’s needs and appear at the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru.

Ardern’s family was allowed some creative last minute negotiations to accompany her to New York this week for the general assembly.

Ardern’s dual roles as mother and head of state have prompted a steady stream of sexist criticism. “I’m not the first woman to work and have a baby,” Ardern told skeptics shortly after announcing her pregnancy.