K-pop superstars BTS lend their voices to U.N.’s push for sustainable development

United Nations — More than 100 world leaders will attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week. But the centerpiece speeches by presidents and prime ministers had been to come after an enchantment to youthful generations — with the added weight of star-power.

In a bid to seize the eye of the world’s youth and urge them to play a job in addressing the largest challenges dealing with humanity, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in invited K-pop superstars BTS to be part of him at U.N. headquarters for the General Assembly’s World Leaders Week.

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BTS, Special Presidential Envoy for Future Generations and Culture of the Republic of Korea, seem on the United Nations on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021.

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BTS (Beyond the Scene) are designated U.N. youth envoys, and so they’ve appeared at earlier assemblies. This year’s go to by the worldwide music sensations — whose devoted followers across the planet fall largely into the 15-25-year-old bracket — is aimed toward reinvigorating curiosity within the U.N.’s sustainable development goals, or SDGs. The 17 objectives had been all set with the hope of leaving as we speak’s youth with a safer, more healthy planet to inherit.

All seven BTS members attended an occasion on Monday opened by U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres and President of the U.N. General Assembly Abdulla Shahid. President Moon of South Korea additionally spoke.

To a sparse General Assembly viewers and hundreds of thousands of followers world wide by way of reside internet stream, BTS confirmed off a brand new music video on Monday entitled “Permission to Dance,” which was recorded over the weekend at U.N. headquarters. The track and video — aside from the setting and the black fits and ties — had been typical BTS fare, with upbeat lyrics and thoroughly choreographed dance strikes.

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The singers — Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook — took to the rostrum within the General Assembly corridor, saying that they had come “to share the stories of our future generation.”

“Before we came here, we asked the young people in their teens and 20s around the world about their past two years and about the world they find themselves in today,” they stated. 

“There were times during the past two years when I too felt bewildered and troubled, but still we hear people cry out, ‘let’s live on, let’s make the best of this moment,'” singer Jin stated. “We can’t stand still in taking on new challenges when we’re in the ideal time of our lives.”

Speaking in regards to the pandemic, the band stated it had been “a time for us to mourn.”

“We thought the world has stopped, but it continues to move forward,” they stated. “Every choice we make is the beginning of change.” 

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They famous that each one members of the band had been vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19.

While the U.N. continues to grapple with a lethal pandemic nonetheless raging in lots of corners of the planet, leaders additionally appeared eager to transfer previous COVID-19 as an all-encompassing subject and get different work shifting once more. Both Guterres and Shahid spoke in regards to the want for the U.N. and its member states to re-commit to meeting the sustainable development objectives, and so they each cited the pandemic as an impeding consider that work.

“It would be easy to lose hope. But we are not hopeless. Or helpless. We have a path to recovery if we choose to take it,” Guterres stated. “This SDG Moment is all about coming together to save our planet, and each other.”  

The new president of the General Assembly, in the meantime, stated extra wanted to be accomplished to obtain the development objectives, and he referred to as on member states to cough up not solely money, however vitality.

“Going forward, the gaps in political will and resource commitment remain a common fault line in our resolve to progress the SDGs. This must change,” Shahid stated. 

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