BTS got a whole new audience dancing.
The South Korean group, king of K-Pop, was able to taste a world scene of a different kind on Monday by performing at the United Nations.
The seven members of the famous boy band, dressed in black suits, have promised to plead with their audience for sustainable development, one of the great challenges of the UN at the beginning of the 21st century.
Last year, the septet which was born in 2013 became the first South Korean group to top the hits in the United States with their hit
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, BTS spoke to a very sparse General Assembly.
Delegates then watched a video of their title
Permission to Dance
filmed in the aisles of the Assembly and on the United Nations Lawn on New York's East River.
"Let's continue to live"
The group explained that they were “heartbroken” when they had to cancel their last tour due to the pandemic and presented their young audience as “the lost generation of the Covid”.
“There have been times in the past two years where I have felt disoriented too, but there have always been people to say 'let's go on living, let's take the best of this moment',” said singer Jin. .
“We cannot remain impassive in the face of new challenges when we are experiencing an ideal time in our lives,” he added.
Special envoys for future generations
BTS members had received South Korean diplomatic passports to travel to the United Nations.
And they were presented by South Korean President Moon Jae-in to the General Assembly.
Seoul, which intends to capitalize on their international fame, has appointed them Special Envoys for Future Generations and Culture.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals include the eradication of poverty in the world by 2020, a deadline shaken up by the Covid crisis.
“It would be easy to lose hope.
But we are neither desperate nor helpless, ”said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
“We have a path to recovery if we choose to take it,” he said.
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