BTS Gives UN Speech – Creates History

The South Korean boy band BTS, which stands for Bangtan Sonyeondan – which translates to Bulletproof Boy Scouts, has created history once again. BTS blew up in the past year, becoming the very first Korean band to be invited to the American Billboard Awards, even beating Justin Bieber by winning a category which he won for years before they came along. The group is known to spread social awareness and this led to them getting invited to address the UN, during which they asked young people watching around the world to believe in their voices and convictions. The seven-people group gave a three-minute speech during the launch ceremony of Unicef’s global partnership Generation Unlimited at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York City on Monday, as reported by CNN.

The group, which formed in 2013, has previously worked with the UN on awareness and fund raising campaigns as well. They are so popular that they have more than 13.3 million followers on Instagram alone. They also joined the Korean Committee for Unicef to establish "Love Myself", which works with the organist’s global #ENDviolence to advocate against youth violence.

"Last November, BTS launched the 'Love Myself' campaign with UNICEF, building on our belief that 'true love first begins with loving myself'," Kim Namjoon aka. Rapmon, the band's leader, said on Monday.

"After releasing the 'Love Yourself' albums and launching the 'Love Myself' campaign," Kim said, adding "We started to hear remarkable stories from our fans all over the world, how our message helped them overcome their hardships in life and start loving themselves. These stories constantly remind us of our responsibility".

"So, let's all take one more step. We have learned to love ourselves, so now I urge you to "speak yourself," he added.

According to a UN statement, Generation Unlimited will tackle "the global education and training crisis currently holding back millions of young people and threatening progress and stability", CNN said.

It will do so by giving secondary-age education more attention; skills for learning, employability and decent work, and empowerment, the statement added.

Some of the people who attended the speech were UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore.

-Rubaina Bilgrami
Picture Courtesy –IANS, BTS Instagram