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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern holds her baby before speaking at the Nelson Mandela peace summit during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York, U.S., September 24, 2018. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

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New Zealand’s ‘First Baby’ makes historic debut with P.M. Jacinda Ardern at United Nations

September 25, 2018

New Zealand’s ‘First Baby’ and her hard working mother, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, continue to make headlines after an appearance together at the United Nations General Assembly.

Ardern, who in June became only the second elected world leader to give birth while in office, made her debut speech before the U.N. on Monday, during the Nelson Mandela peace summit, accompanied by her 3-month-old daughter Neve Te Aroha.

As Ardern is currently breastfeeding Neve, she called bringing her on the six-day international trip “a very practical decision.” Ardern’s partner, Clarke Gayford, who is their baby’s primary caregiver, took over holding Neve during the speech. Gayford also tweeted a photo of the playful ‘First Baby’ ID that U.N. staff had had made up for the tiny country rep, and joked about the Japanese delegation who had inadvertently walked in while he was making a nappy change.

“Prime Minister Ardern is showing that no one is better qualified to represent her country than a working mother,” U.N. spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told Reuters, adding that only five percent of the world’s leaders are women.

At 38 years old, Ardern is also her country’s youngest leader.

Read the full story at the BBC.


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