“We believe that every choice we make is the beginning of change” – BTS inspiring speech at the United Nations

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BTS, an acronym of Bangtan Sonyeondan or “Beyond the Scene,” is a GRAMMY-nominated South Korean group (RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V, and Jung Kook) that has been capturing the hearts of millions of fans globally since its debut in June 2013. Not only is BTS an incredible group that makes great music with their authentic and self-produced music, top-notch performances, and especially the way they interact with their fans they also put into the world a positive influence. The groups’ many activities include the LOVE MYSELF campaign, the UNICEF work and the UN ‘Speak Yourself’ speech in 2018 and the incredible 2020 speech to name a few.

Now they have once again inspired and spoke to the youth of the world at the 76th United Nations General Assembly. Appointed “Special Presidential Envoy for Future Generations and Culture,” BTS delivered the thoughts and stories of the youth through their speech as well as a performance of “Permission to Dance” BTS shared their remarks during the SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Moment as the representatives of the youth today.

Preparing for their speech, BTS asked the youth across the globe through their social channels “What were the past 2 years like for you, and what’s your world like today?” They received countless stories from all over the world and presented some of them today, acting as messengers to make the voice the future generation heard.

Introduced by President of Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in, the septet came up on stage to present the stories of youth trying to live healthier lives or their thoughts on climate change.

BTS further addressed the youth who are courageously challenging themselves: “We think that instead of the ‘lost generation,’ a more appropriate name would be the ‘welcome generation.’ Because instead of fearing change, this generation says, ‘Welcome!’ and keeps forging ahead.” They also mentioned the importance of getting vaccinated and closed the speech on a hopeful note: “We think the day we can meet again face to face is not far away.

“We believe that every choice we make is the beginning of change. We hope that in this nascent new world we can all say to each other, ‘Welcome!’”

The speech was followed by the musical performance of “Permission to Dance” that first saw the band singing in the General Assembly Hall, and then moving to the lobby. BTS came out individually through seven doors to the plaza where they continued to show off their dance moves dripping in bright energy. The epic performance capped off with the band doing the “International Sign” gestures for “Joy,” “Dance,” and “Peace” alongside dancers on the North Lawn.

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Photo courtesy of BIGHIT MUSIC

Photo courtesy of BIGHIT MUSIC

In other news: BTS are returning with the live-streaming concert ‘BTS PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE’ on October 24. The announcement was made on global fan community platform Weverse, accompanied by a vibrant poster in the key color of “Butter” CD single that includes “Permission to Dance,” heightening the excitement for the event.
This marks the band’s first concert in about a year since ‘BTS MAP OF THE SOUL ON:E’ held in October 2020.

More information about the concert will be announced at a later date. Stay tuned for more updates from the pop icons.


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