On Monday, world-renowned K-pop group BTS performed their song Permission to Dance outside the venue and grounds of the United Nations General Assembly. The group returned to New York this year as Special Presidential Envoy for Future Generations and Culture, three years after last attending a United Nations General Assembly. At the end of his speech, President Moon Jae-in introduced the seven members of the South Korean musical group as “the world’s most beloved artist”.
He then passed the slide on to the seven members, who took turns delivering their messages: RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook. RM (Kim Namjoon), the frontman of the group, took center stage and started speaking in Korean.
“It is an honor to be here today, where BTS has been appointed the President’s Special Envoy for the Republic of Korea. We are here today to share the stories of a future generation. Before coming here, we asked teens and young people around the world about their past two years and the world they find themselves in today. “
“Some of you heard the news of our arrival at the UN and many of you wondered if we had been vaccinated. And I take this opportunity to say yes, all seven, of course, we have been vaccinated. The vaccination was just a kind of ticket to meet our fans who are waiting for us and to be able to stand here in front of you today “,
Their statement was followed by a pre-recorded performance of their new song, Permission to Dance, which offers a message of hope for the end of the pandemic itself.
Permission to Dance is our welcome message that we want to share with everyone today, ”concluded RM.
UNICEF tweeted: “Today, BTS returned to #UNGA to share a powerful message on climate action, COVID-19 vaccines and the importance of taking care of ourselves and our communities. Thank you @BTS_twt for inspiring a generation of young people. Together we can make the world a better place. #BTSLoveMyself. “
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BTS started their Love Myself campaign with UNICEF in 2017, and it was the subject of RM’s first speech to the UN, which he gave in English. This time, the band members took turns speaking in Korean, which was simultaneously translated for the benefit of all.