The trailblazing septet that reached global superstardom, with their smash hit singles like ‘Dynamite’ and ‘Butter’, addressed the United Nations and delivered powerful speeches of hope for a brighter future.
Taking to the podium, the band comprising of RM, Jin, J-Hope, Jimin, JungKook, SUGA and V, shared their stories of optimism for the future while also reflecting on moments of grief and loss felt around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to reports and videos on the UN’s official handles, RM said, “We are here today to share the stories of the future generation. Before we came here, we asked young people in their teens and 20s around the world about the past two years and about the world they’re living in today.”
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Jin added, “There were times during the past two years when we too felt confused and troubled. But here, there are people who cry out, ‘Let’s live on, let’s live the best of this moment.’”
Jimin continued, “They couldn’t just stand still during this time of their lives. There was no one we could blame. We were the same as we were yesterday, but the world had changed like we had suddenly entered a parallel world.”
Jungkook stepped in and said, “We were saddened to hear the news of entrance and graduation ceremonies being canceled. It is upsetting to lose the moments that should be celebrated moments in one’s life. As for us, we were disappointed to have to cancel the concert tour that we had prepared for so long, and for a long time we missed the moments that we wanted to complete.”
“It was a time for us to mourn, for the things that #COVID19 took away from us, a time to discover how precious eac… https://t.co/RZsWWaatxh
— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) 1632142049000
“We needed time to mourn for the things that we lost to COVID-19, and time to discover how precious the moments that we took for granted were,” Suga continued.
Jimin presented the BTS’ #youthtoday campaign that they ran on social media, and said, “There were many people who showed themselves in nature. It seems that for the past two years, the time that we spent in nature felt more special. In these pictures, you can see there are kids that are trying to learn new things. They are not lost, they are finding new courage and taking on new challenges ”
“In these pictures, you can see there are kids that are trying to learn new things… They are not lost, they are f… https://t.co/Pj2YEx8Q8A
— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) 1632143124000
The boys also spoke about the need for climate action. J-Hope led the discussion on environmental issues and said, “We just spoke about mourning, but it’s hard to even think about the mourning for the Earth. Everyone agrees that climate change is an important problem, but it’s not easy to talk about what the best solution might be.”
RM added, “While we were preparing to come here today, we learned that there are many young people who are taking an interest in environmental issues and that there are many students who have taken this on as their field of study.”
“If we believe in possibilities and hope, even when the unexpected happens we won’t lose our way, but discover a ne… https://t.co/ZkqBriyJYM
— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) 1632143368000
Sharing his hope for a brighter future, he added, “The future is unexplored territory, and we will be the ones who spend the most time in it, so I think that these young people are trying to find for themselves the ways that we can live in it.
“I’ve heard that people in their teens and 20’s today are being referred to as #Covid lost generation. That they lo… https://t.co/KsZUJ6FHs4
— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) 1632142987000
I have heard people in their teens and 20s now are called the ‘COVID lost generation.’ It means that at a time when they need the most opportunities and challenges, they’ve lost their way. But just because adults cannot see the road for themselves, it doesn’t mean that they’ve lost their way.”
RM was joined by V who added, “I hope we don’t consider the future as nothing but darkness. We have people who are concerned for the world and are searching for the answers. There are still many pages left in the story about us, so I hope we don’t just talk about it like the ending is already written.”
Jungkook added, “Sometimes the world seems stopped in place even if we’re ready to go. Sometimes it feels like you’ve lost your way. There were times when we felt the same way.”
What is important are the choices we make when we are faced with change right? Some of you heard the news that we w… https://t.co/VF102qoVm1
— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) 1632143653000
The boys also did their bit to encourage ARMY and people around the world to get vaccinated. J-Hope took the mic and assured that all seven members of the group received their vaccinations. He said, “What is important are the choices we make when we are faced with change right? Some of you heard the news that we were coming to the UN and a lot of you were wondering whether we were vaccinated… and yes all seven of us, of course, we received”