BTS spoke and gave a special performance at the United Nations in New York on Monday, addressing the assembly and then cutting to a video they filmed, in respectful suits, at the iconic building’s auditorium, lobby and front. The group were recently named the U.N.’s Special Presidential Envoys for Future Generations and Culture.
After being introduced by Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea, the group’s members shared a number of comments on the pandemic they had received from fans.
“It is an honor to be here today,” the group’s RM said through a translator. “We are BTS, appointed as special presidential envoys of the Republic of Korea. We are here today to share the stories of our future generations. Before we came here we asked young people in their teens and twenties around the world about the past two years and the world they find themselves in today.” See the moments shared below.
The scene then cut to a video of their hit “Permission to Dance” specially performed inside and around the United Nations’ iconic building on the east side of New York, accompanied by dozens of dancers. The video looked to have been performed within the past couple of days, as the weather in New York was crystal-clear over the weekend.
The event was part of the Sustainable Development Goals program at the U.N. and will be held at the beginning of the United Nation’s General Assembly’s High-Level Week. According to the announcement, “It takes place as the world experiences a deeply uneven response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which risks creating a two-tier recovery with significant implications for the advancement of the SDGs, especially in developing countries.”
Convened by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the Moment is intended to provide world leaders with a platform to showcase the plans, actions and solutions that are needed to end the COVID-19 pandemic and set the world on course towards achieving the SDGs.