Ardern On the Night Show, One Planet Summit and UN General Assembly

Jacinda Ardern has been making a number of TV appearances and speeches while in New York.

She handled an interview on Steven Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ with aplomb.

RNZ – Watch: Jacinda Ardern cracks jokes on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has won the applause of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s studio audience in New York.

Stuff – Jacinda Ardern wins fans as she appears on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Praise is rolling in for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after her appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Ardern was an invited guest on the show, which has a viewership of four million.

Her success on the show and the positive public response is similar to the reaction she’s had while on formal United Nations duties in New York.

She has done well for New Zealand there.

One Planet Summit keynote address

President Macron’s One Planet Summit

Can I start President Macron by acknowledging your leadership in pulling together this summit for a second time; along with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Michael Bloomberg and Dr Jim Yong Kim for jointly organising this event.

I have said a few times before that climate change is New Zealand’s nuclear free moment. I want to share with you what that means.

There was a time when my nation was unified by a movement against nuclear testing in the Pacific, declaring ourselves nuclear-free in the mid-1980s. At its core New Zealand’s anti-nuclear campaign was about protecting our beautiful and unique Pacific environment – our waters, our lands and our people. We felt a sense of guardianship.

She doesn’t mention the French sinking of the rainbow warrrior.

Today we face a new threat, and while the same issues are at stake, there is a stark difference between the nuclear free movement and climate change. Unity.

In the past we were defined as a nation by the coming together for a cause, and now, as a globe, we need to do the same again. Not because of the benefits of unity, but because of the necessity of it.

This is especially the case for the Pacific.

My country has always been a firm supporter of strong multilateral solutions to global challenges. We may be small but Kiwis take the attitude that no problem is too big to solve.

We were the first country to give women the vote, the first to set up a welfare state to support the poor during the depths of the depression and the first to scale the imposing heights of Mt Everest. We intend to be with you on the forefront of this challenge too.

I believe, as firmly as ever, that a global response is required to meet the global challenge of our generation. With unity, ingenuity and innovation, we will meet this challenge head on and we will succeed.

That’s a big call – calls actually, that we (new Zealand and the world) will meet the challenge, and that success is possible, whatever that may be (it will be very difficult to measure).


And Ardern is speaking to the UN General Assembly about now.

“It is Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s big day at the UN as she delivers her first statement as Prime Minister to the UN General Assembly. Ardern is due to give her speech early this morning, likely between 6am and 7.30am.” Herald

Some live links to Jacinda’s UN speech:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/107404413/jacinda-ardern-to-speak-to-the-un-general-assembly

Live: PM Jacinda Ardern to say where NZ stands on ‘two world views’ in UN statement
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12132926

http://webtv.un.org/

5 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  September 28, 2018

    ‘She doesn’t mention the French sinking of the rainbow warrrior.’…does that surprise you ?
    Maybe she should mention the 37 countries the U.S has invaded since WW2 while she’s there too.
    And then there is the Israeli spies caught in NZ ,she could talk about that too.

    Nuclear testing,the Iraq invasion…these are all things she should be mentioning ..right.

    The prior administration cultivated lapdog status re the U.S….Key liked ‘everything about the place’ 😦 ….with Murray in Foreign affairs…John Kerry said…’when it comes to Noo Zeeland…we don’t even have to ask’.

    Thats what you call…diplomacy..right.

    • It doesn’t surprise me, but I thought it was a notable omission given it was at a French government event.

  2. robertguyton

     /  September 28, 2018

    Compare and contrast Jacinda’s performance on American television, with that of Key.
    Hers was brilliant, his dire.

  3. Gezza

     /  September 28, 2018

    our girl’s up!