Members of K-pop boy band BTS were at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Monday to talk about their “Love Myself” campaign in support of UNICEF’s youth initiative, “Generation Unlimited.”
The UNICEF partnership will offer the best education, training, and employment to millions of youth around the globe by 2030, Billboard reported.
Presenting a speech at the 73rd General Assembly, Kim Nam-joon, also known by his stage name RM, said, “BTS has become artists performing in those huge stadiums and selling millions of albums, but I am still an ordinary 24-year-old guy. Maybe I made mistakes yesterday, but yesterday’s me is still me, and today I am who I am with all of my faults and mistakes.”
BTS, the first K-pop group to address the UN, encouraged young people to use their voice to speak on world issues.
“Let’s all take one more step. We have learned to love ourselves, so I urge you to speak yourself,” RM said. “No matter who you are, where you’re from, your skin color or gender identity, speak yourself, find your name and find your voice by speaking yourself.”
Watch BTS address the UN in full below:
BTS’ ARMY of fans quickly took to Twitter to express their thoughts, with many supporting the group’s message of love and self-confidence.
people might think i’m stupid for liking a kpop group this much, but never in my life someone spoke the words i’ve been trying to say, no one ever heard what i’ve wanted to say. no one ever taught me to love myself the way they did. i’m proud to stan bts #BTSxUnitedNations pic.twitter.com/DvvrevkRlo
— (@cypherfav) September 24, 2018
-5 years ago, society was putting @BTS_twt in a box trying to define who they should be
-5 years later, they become Global Ambassadors of Youth, giving a powerful speech to advocate for young people around the world at the UNGA in front of the First Lady
— Sci’s ✨Magic Shop✨ (@bts_sci) September 24, 2018
#JIMIN: More than anything else, I think I get reminded of what #RM always say. I think we do these things in hopes of making others a little bit happier#JHOPE: we wanted to give hope@BTS_twt #GenUnlimited #Youth2030 #BTSxUnitedNationspic.twitter.com/QFBta1tRgA
— мιℓктαє [밀태] (@milktae_jpg) September 24, 2018
You are more than just artists who perform songs for us. You are the voice, role model and inspiration of people out there who are afraid to speak for themselves. We are forever proud of you.#BTSxUnitedNations pic.twitter.com/niG4HN4Kb6
— pau (@taetaegyeom) September 24, 2018
BTS’s speech at UN was inspiring and heart touching, i’m so happy to see the people listening to the message they want to share to the young people in the world, everyday they’re proving to be not only idols but also humans with an enormous amount of hope #BTSxUnitedNations pic.twitter.com/lG7F42rkcJ
— Iza (@jmintear) September 24, 2018
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