Photos: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern brings her baby girl to the UNGA

Written by September 26, 2018 15:02

New Delhi: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has made history by bringing her baby daughter into the United Nations assembly hall.

In June, Ardern, 38, became the first world leader in decades to give birth in office. Images of baby Neve have been a rarity in New Zealand, as the prime minister’s office has been exceptionally protective of images of her young daughter.

I have the ability to take my child to work, there’s not many places you can do that,” Ardern said of her unique situation. “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.”

UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric heaped praise on Ms Ardern.

“Prime Minister Ardern is showing that no one is better qualified to represent her country than a working mother. Just five per cent of the world’s leaders are women, so we need to make them as welcome here as possible,” he said.