S Korean Prez meets special envoy BTS ahead of UNGA, band says looking forward to representing youth


PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 14-09-2021 20:32 IST | Created: 14-09-2021 20:32 IST
S Korean Prez meets special envoy BTS ahead of UNGA, band says looking forward to representing youth
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday officially named BTS the 'Special Presidential Envoy for Future Generations and Culture' by awarding the Grammy-nominated music group the certificates of appointment.

The band met the president at the main building of the Blue House, the office and residence of President Moon in Seoul, for the ceremony.

According to a series of tweets posted on the verified Twitter account of the Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae in Korean), the septet will also attend the 76th UN General Assembly session in New York on September 20 as part of their duties along with the president.

BTS -- comprising RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook -- received their diplomatic passports and a fountain pen each from Moon, who also gave a fist bump to the members as per the video shared by the Blue House on the microblogging website.

Moon and the music group will take part in the second meeting of the Sustainable Development Goals Moment (SDG Moment) of the Decade of Action to be held on Monday.

''As BTS has delivered messages of comfort and hope to the world over the years, BTS' participation in the UN General Assembly will serve as a meaningful opportunity to expand communication with future generations around the world and elicit sympathy for future generations on major international issues,'' the tweet from the Blue House read.

Later in the day, BTS issued a video statement with English subtitles on Twitter in which the group said they are looking forward to ''representing'' the youth at the UN.

''Receiving the letter of appointment today reminds us of our great responsibility to make sure your voices are heard there,'' RM said in the clip.

The band members, who constantly remain in touch with their fan community called ARMY via social media, had previously asked their followers to share their stories with BTS using hashtags #YouthToday #YourStories.

''We already asked you to tell us your story through social media,'' Jin said. ''We did, and we shared each of our own thoughts, too! Even though we see each other every day, it was good to rediscover what's been on our minds,'' added Suga. The group, whose music underscores themes of identity, self-growth, healing and togetherness, is known for relatable lyrics, seamless choreography, and creative video concepts in songs including ''Black Swan'', ''Life Goes On'', and two back-to-back English songs ''Butter'' and ''Permission to Dance'', the latter imagining a pandemic-free and inclusive world in near future.

In the video, J-Hope further said he got an insight into ''the thoughts and personalities of each member in the answers, and they made me think, too''.

''Our answers were so diverse so I'm eager to find out how diverse ARMY's stories from around the world will be,'' added Jimin.

V said this was a chance to share their stories and thoughts for the future at the UN, so the group wants to take as many voices as possible with them to the presentation.

''We hope you can participate too so that the world can hear your stories and relate to them. We'll see you at the UN!'' said Jungkook at the end of the video.

In a follow-up tweet, BTS' label Big Hit said the senders' ''stories (images, likeness, etc) uploaded with #YouthToday #YourStories may be used later in BTS content''. According to the UN, the SDG Moment will seek to reinforce the continued relevance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and build momentum in advance of major summits and intergovernmental meetings, highlight urgent actions needed to ensure COVID-19 response and recovery efforts are equitable, inclusive and accelerate the transition to sustainable development, and demonstrate that transformative change at scale is possible between now and 2030.

The band's participation at this year's UN General Assembly will be their third, following an in-person appearance in 2018 and their second, a pre-recorded video message in 2020 owing to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

It was announced in July that Moon has appointed BTS -- the full name is Bangtan Sonyeondan (meaning Bulletproof Boy Scouts) or Beyond The Scene, their English branding -- as his special envoy.

On Monday, British band Coldplay announced their new single ''My Universe'' featuring BTS. The track will be released on September 24.

BTS recently won two MTV Video Music Awards in best group and best K-pop categories.

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