K-Pop stars BTS dive into global diplomacy at the UN General Assembly

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It was a speech by the United Nations that received attention like few others – a plug for vaccinations, young people and the well – being of the earth by the superstar K -pop band BTS.

The stage is set for a sustainability event, the seven-member musical Juggernaut will appear in front of the renowned green-marble backdrop in the General Assembly Hall on Monday to help promote UN goals for 2030, including the end of poverty, the preservation of poverty Planet to achieve gender equality.

“Every choice we make is the beginning of change, not the end,” said RM, the band’s leader.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in presented the pop stars as special presidential envoys and an “exceptionally excellent group of young men who are associated with youth around the world.”

The gravity of the moment was not lost on the musicians who stand before the world leaders and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Nerves were evident as band member Jimin dies over his words as he speaks of young people trying to navigate the pandemic. Jimin apologized before taking a deep breath to remind himself. It was a moment that prompted the “BTS ARMY” of fans to gather behind him in a show of support on social media. The artists took to the stage during their speech of seven minutes.

But it was not all about UN goals. The band also released a new music video for their current hit single “Permission to Dance”, which was filmed at the UN headquarters in New York. The singers said, “No need to talk, just walk,” while dancing from the General Assembly Hall to the garden overlooking the East River.

Since its debut in 2013, the BTS has garnered worldwide recognition for its self-produced music and activism, which also publicly calls for anti-Asian racism. The band topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts three times in 2020, and has been nominated for prominent music awards such as the Billboard Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards.

Monday’s speech marks the group’s second appearance at the UN The band took part in an event in 2018, when RM spoke about their work with UNICEF.

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