After being appointed as “special presidential envoy for future generations and culture” by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, BTS make their awaited appearance at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York sharing a message of hope to the future generation.
“We thought the world has stopped, but it continues to move forward. Every choice we make is the beginning of change,” shared the group during their speech. The sentiment the GRAMMY-nominated group shared was to encourage the COVID-19 “Lost Generation” by renaming them the “Welcome Generation.”
In the speech, BTS leader RM said, “We are here today to share the stories of the future generation. Before we came here, we asked young people in their teens and 20s around the world about the past two years and about the world they’re living in today.” Jin said, “There were times during the past two years when we too felt confused and troubled. But here, there are people who cry out, ‘Let’s live on, let’s live the best of this moment.’” Jimin continued, “They couldn’t just stand still during this time of their lives. There was no one we could blame. We were the same as we were yesterday, but the world had changed like we had suddenly entered a parallel world.”
The group also shared a special performance of their latest single “Permission to Dance” encouraging all listeners to look at the future positively.
Nearly 1 million people tuned in live to see the septet speak at the UN highlighting their impact.
The group was tasked as special envoys by President Moon Jae-in on September 14 and will be attending the UN sessions.
“It is a huge honor, both as an individual and a citizen, to be able to hold the title of special presidential envoy for future generations and culture,” RM, shared on behalf of the group, the Korea Herald reported.
“We’re always thinking about how we could give more and return the love we have received, and we’re just thankful that the president has presented us with such a big opportunity. We will do our best as special envoys,” he said.
The group made their first appearance at the UN in 2018 for the launch of Generation Unlimited with UNICEF encouraging young people to believe in themselves.
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