K-pop group BTS was appointed as “special presidential envoy for future generations and culture” by South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday. After the ceremony, Moon presented each member of the group with diplomatic passports and fountain pens. On the 14th of September, BTS members were officially appointed as Special Youth Envoy For Culture and Future Generations by The President Moon Jae-In.
The group is set to accompany Moon to the United Nations headquarters in New York City to attend the 76th United Nations General Assembly. On Monday, BTS will speak and perform online at SDG Moment 2021, an annual meeting of leaders from 193 member and observer nations dedicated to the UN’s sustainable development goals. During a private meeting between Moon and BTS after the ceremony on Tuesday, Moon revealed that the UN had initiated BTS’ invitation. Moon thanked BTS for its participation in the Permission to Dance challenge for the hearing impaired and congratulated the group on winning three awards at the MTV Music Awards. BTS will take part in the second meeting of the Sustainable Development Goals Moment (SDG Moment) of the Decade of Action. BTS’ participation at this year’s UN General Assembly will be their third, following an in-person appearance in 2018. Their second participation was a pre-recorded video message in 2020 owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. In closing the meeting, RM added, “As we have been to the UN once before, we’ll return after successfully completing our job with our youthful vigor and passion, as always. We’re grateful to be granted such responsibility.”