The world-famous Korean boy band BTS always leaves a positive impact wherever they go or perform, including the UN Assembly. BTS is loved by many people across the world. Hence, there is no surprise that over 1 million people watched the UN Assembly online when the K-pop sensation took center stage. Read on to find out about BTS performing at UN Assembly 2021.
BTS at UN General Assembly 2021
The 76th session of the UN General Assembly 2021 started on 14 September. Why did BTS speak at the UN? K-pop band BTS who also supports UNICEF delivered a video message. It is a big day for the band who will address the UN General Assembly as part of South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s special envoy. The band of seven met with President Moon for the ceremony where the band was appointed to represent ‘Special Presidential Envoy for Future Generations and Culture’. The K-pop band Tweeted on Twitter that before the UN Assembly, “If we believe there’s hope, we will find the way. We stand against racial discrimination and hate speech.”
What Did BTS Talk About at the UN?
- A. Pandemic
- B. Covid Vaccines
- C. Welcome Generation
- D. All of the Above
BTS Perform at UN Assembly
Why is BTS in UNGA? Bangtang Sonyeondan, commonly known as BTS, took part in the UN Assembly in subdued dark suits. They delivered a speech on Sustainable Development Goals. After that, the pop stars switched on a pre-recorded video of their own track “Permission to dance” and they showed their moves in the General Assembly and on the World body’s lawn fronting the East River.
BTS has addressed the United States Assembly before the summit begins. They shared a powerful message with the world. This isn’t the first time the K-pop band participated in the UN. In 2018, the BTS gang leader Kim Namjoon of BTS or RM spoke at the UN as he has a partnership with UNICEF. BTS also virtually took part in the US Assembly in 2020 in which the entire band spoke in Korean.
The band has represented differently this time. The South Korean president appointed them as the Special Presidential Envoy for Future Generations and Culture. He introduced them as “The next speakers to the podium are probably the artists most loved by people around the world,”
Their speech was about the COVID-19 pandemic, COVID generation, and the struggles youth are facing, and climate change. The band also stressed the importance of COVID-19 vaccines. All the members of the BTS gang were vaccinated against the COVID-19 and requested their fanbase to get their vaccination. The band also highlighted how the young lost their last year due to the global pandemic, including graduation and other important events that were suspended. They said, instead of calling lost generations, call it a ‘welcome’ generation. They challenged the perspective of their generation being “the covid lost generation.” The most positive speech was delivered by J-Hope who denoted the vaccine as a “ticket to meeting fans,” and ended their speech with a promise that “We think the day we can meet again face to face is not far away.”
South Korean President Moon Jae-in introduced BTS to suppress the seizing efforts of Seoul on the global recognition of K-pop.