BTS was officially sworn in as the President’s Special Envoy for Future Generations and Culture and received diplomatic passports at a ceremony on Tuesday. Washington Post reported.
South Korean President Moon Jae In appointed the massively popular seven-member boy band as ambassadors in July, Insider’s Cheryl Te reported.
“We are planning to organize various events (with BTS) to promote international cooperation in tackling global challenges such as improving the environment, eradicating poverty and inequality, and respecting diversity.” Blue House spokesman Park Kyung Mi said in a statement at the time.
Members of RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook will accompany Moon to the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, The Post reported.
UNGA, main decision-making body of the United Nations, opened its meeting on Tuesday and will run until September 28 with the participation of representatives from 193 participating countries.
UN said This year’s General Assembly is focused on “building resilience through hope – recovering from COVID-19, rebuilding resilience, responding to the needs of the planet, respecting human rights and rebuilding the United Nations.”
BTS will attend the UN Sustainable Development Goals meeting, give a speech and announce a video performance, according to the Post.
Korean Outlet Nate News At a swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, a member of the RM group reportedly told reporters that it was a “great honor” to be promoted to presidential envoy.
“We are always thinking about how we could give more and return the love we received, and we are just grateful that the president gave us such a great opportunity,” added RM via Nate News.
This will not be the group’s first appearance at the General Assembly. In 2018, RM gave a speech on self-development and love at the General Assembly, and in 2020, BTS actually delivered a speech of encouragement during the pandemic. ABC News reported.
“As we have been to the UN once, we will return after a successful completion of our work with our youthful energy and enthusiasm as always. We are grateful for this responsibility, ”RM said, according to Nate News.
BTS amassed a massive 33.3 million followers Twitter subscribers and 49.3 Instagram followers. On Sunday, the group won the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards in the Best K-Pop category for their song “Butter,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. PaperMag reported. BTS also won VMA for Group of the Year.
Blue House did not immediately respond to Insider’s email request for comment.