The Jakarta Post
K-pop group BTS speaks during a meeting focused on youth issues at the United Nations in New York on Sept. 24, 2018. (AFP/Mark Garten)
South Korean K-pop group BTS delivered a speech at a high-level event under the United Nations Group of Friends of Solidarity for Global Health Security on Wednesday.
It was part of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly.
The pre-recorded speech, which contains a “message of hope”, was posted on the UN's YouTube channel.
In the seven-minute video, the members shared their own struggles in facing the pandemic and encouraged viewers to find hope.
"Yesterday, I was singing and dancing with fans around the world, and now my world had shrunk to a room," BTS member Jimin said.
Member RM concluded by saying, "Our tomorrow may be dark, painful, difficult. We might stumble or fall down. [...] Let's reimagine our world. We're huddled together tired, but let's dream again. Let's dream about a future when our worlds can break out of our small rooms again."
In 2018, BTS spoke at the 73rd UN General Assembly during the launch ceremony of UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited program. They have worked with UNICEF since 2017 in a campaign to end violence against youths under the tagline "Love Myself".
The UN Group of Friends of Solidarity for Global Health Security was launched by South Korea in 2020 and involves 40 UN member states with South Korea, Denmark, Sierra Leone, Qatar and Canada as co-chairs.
Due to the pandemic, this year’s UN high-level meetings have been run virtually with speeches pre-recorded.
BTS recently made history as the first Korean act to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Dynamite". Released on Aug. 21, it is the first BTS single sung completely in English and logged 33.9 million streams in the United States and 300,000 sales in its first week. (gis/wng)
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