BTS to represent South Korea as famous diplomats at the UN

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Since BTS rose to fame and captured the hearts of the world, they have used their fame to improve education, fight racism, and increase access to healthcare. From now on, their status as a global actor of change has been formalized by a presidential seal.

On Tuesday, the seven members of the chart-topping boy group met South Korean President Moon Jae-in for an official ceremony in which they were named the President’s Special Envoy for Future Generations and Culture.

At the President’s office in Seoul, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook accepted diplomatic passports, new roles and their first mission: to take the world stage at the United Nations General Assembly. . BTS, or the Bangtang Boys, will accompany the president to the United Nations conference in New York, where they will represent global youth at the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals meeting.

“BTS has dramatically raised national dignity by enhancing the stature of K-pop and Korean culture, and I am grateful in many ways,” President Moon said of their recent musical achievements.

BTS recently won the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards for Group of the Year, Song of the Summer and Best K-pop while maintaining a No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts for 16 weeks for their song “Butter.”

The group, which has been described as “of great diplomatic assistance” by Moon, will attend the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly next week, where they will speak on Monday at the SDG Moment of the Decade. The SDG Moment reinforces and highlights urgent goals related to poverty, education, environmental protection, gender equality and hunger. This year’s moment will focus on recovery efforts related to COVID-19 and help build momentum for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ahead of upcoming global conferences.

“We have always thought about whether we can repay all the love we have received and give back at the same time, and we are honored that the President has given us such a great opportunity and [we] will work hard as special envoys, ”BTS member RM said on behalf of the group.

This isn’t the first time BTS has taken the stage – or the podium – at the UN. In 2018, in partnership with UNICEF, the group’s appearance and RM’s speech literally broke the internet, with the United Nations system “struggling to cope”. In 2020, they returned again, virtually, to boost global morale during the pandemic.

“As BTS has delivered messages of comfort and hope to the whole world, [their] participation in the United Nations General Assembly should this time be a significant opportunity to broaden communication with future generations around the world and to attract their sympathy on major international issues, “said Cheong Wa Dae, the executive office of the president, in a press release.

Moon has repeatedly expressed his gratitude for BTS’s positive influence and impact, including their efforts to highlight disabilities and encourage accessibility through the use of sign language in their song “Permission to Dance “. First Lady Kim Jung-Sook also spoke about their global presence and natural diplomacy, explaining how generations in Korea have studied English through pop music, and now the world is learning Korean to understand them. BTS songs.

Moon said the group, as an iconic part of Korean culture, even made their way into conversations they’ve had with other world leaders.

“Some had even asked if we could invite BTS to host a K-pop party during their state visits,” he said.

BTS will return to the world stage on September 25 at Citizen of the world live, performing from Seoul, as part of our unique 24 hour global show to Defend the Planet and End Poverty.

Tune in as they join over 70 artists, activists and advocates for the call to unite the world, and join them to take action here.


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