Jacinda Ardern Brings First Baby Of New Zealand To UN

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern delivered her first speech at the United Nations general assembly in the United States, and baby Neve had a front-row seat.

Ardern made history as the first female world leader to attend such a meeting with her newborn baby in tow, with her partner Clarke Gayford minding the three-month old baby nearby.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit. Photo: AP.

"I wish I could have captured the startled look on a Japanese delegation inside [the] UN yesterday, who walked into a meeting room in the middle of a nappy change," Gayford tweeted.

"Great yarn for her 21st."

Neve was issued with her own ID card, with an identifying picture of the three-month old sleeping, wrapped up in a blanket.

Ardern, who became only the second world leader to give birth while also running a country Neve arrived on June 17, also spoke about motherhood on NBC's Today show.

She joked that taking a three-month-old on a 17-hour flight was "on-par" with the pressures of running a country.

"There's that look you get when you walk onto a plane with a little one, that state you get from other passengers," she said.

"I did actually apologise in advance."

She added that her appreciation of parents -- and mothers and solo-parents particularly -- increased "ten-fold" after the birth of her daughter.

"Our focus on family-friendly policies -- we'd already implemented for instance 26 weeks paid parental leave in New Zealand -- so now I just had that extra strength of feeling behind that being the right thing to do," she said.

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