New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who gave birth while in office has made history by bringing her three-month old daughter in the United Nations Assembly Hall.
Ardern who brought her daughter Neve to the hall was seen cuddling and kissing her, with her partner Clarke Gayford sitting beside her. The trio was present at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit.
Gayford, a television fishing show host, tweeted: "I wish I could have captured the startled look on a Japanese delegation inside UN yesterday who walked into a meeting room in the middle of a nappy change. Great yarn for her 21st," he wrote.
He also posted a picture of the baby's mocked-up UN diplomatic photo ID that described her as "New Zealand first baby."
Because everyone on twitter's been asking to see Neve's UN id, staff here whipped one up.— Clarke Gayford (@NZClarke) September 24, 2018
I wish I could have captured the startled look on a Japanese delegation inside UN yesterday who walked into a meeting room in the middle of a nappy change.
Great yarn for her 21st. pic.twitter.com/838BI96VYX
Describing the move to bring her baby to the UNGA meet, Arden toll New Zealand Herald; " Neve is actually nearby me most of the time in New Zealand, she's just not always caught. But here, when she's awake, we try and keep her with me. So that was the occasion."
She added that both she and her partner were bearing the expenses of Neve's trip to the Unite States.
There is no spousal program for this, so we just made a judgment call that we would cover his travel for this trip. He will be going to some things, but he's primarily traveling to care for Neve," Ardern told the New Zealand Herald.
"We are playing it by ear. There is no set plan, it's just whether or not she's getting enough sleep, where I am for feeds. They might be with us a lot, they might just be in the hotel.
"It depends what the jet lag does to them both. She's a good sleeper and we don't know whether that will mean she ends up sleeping a lot in the day rather than the night."
Ardern returned to the office last month after a six-week absence after giving birth, during which Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters acted as caretaker.
Although Gayford is take care of the main parenting duties, because Ardern is breastfeeding, their daughter will accompany her on official business, the couple have said.
Ardern became her party's youngest leader last year and New Zealand's youngest in 150 years after defeating former Prime Minister Bill English.
It marked the first victory for the Labour Party in nine years. She led the group for three months before being elected Prime Minister.
During her address at the UN, Ardern praised Mandela, saying: "If Mandela could make peace, so could the rest of South Africa. That one act of both triumph and reconciliation said so much about who Nelson Mandela was: His capacity to forgive, his commitment to reconciliation, and his ability to lead and inspire against all odds."
Netizens were soon to react, many praising Ardern as a strong 'working woman'.
Ya know, for fathers worldwide, this sure is a damned fine look. New Zealand, our progressiveness is showing on the world stage--and doesn't it feel so fine? @NZClarke and baby Neve at the UN. #nzpol pic.twitter.com/43q4az70Tj— Tracey Barnett (@TraceyBarnett) September 24, 2018
I know the cynics will be out in full force but as I head off to a meeting this makes me feel happy- @jacindaardern is taking the grounded reality of being a mum & working for a better world to a new level-good on her- it's hard & besides, UN needs to see more & think about kids! https://t.co/wADWw3V2qz— Bronwyn Hayward (@BMHayward) September 24, 2018