BTS and Blackpink pick up UN efforts to promote Covid-19 vaccines and climate action
- BTS accompanied South Korean president Moon Jae-in to the UN General Assembly, where they spoke about vaccinations and climate change
- Blackpink were named advocates of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
Fans around the world look to their favourite stars for guidance and inspiration, and some K-pop stars are taking up the mantle of advocating change.
Global leaders have turned to BTS and Blackpink to share their intentions with the world.
“Every choice we make is the beginning of change, not the end,” said band leader RM, during the band’s third speech to the UN since 2018. They accompanied the delegation of South Korean president Moon Jae-in, and were sworn in as presidential envoys and given diplomatic passports ahead of the trip.
Previous interactions with the UN include a high-profile Unicef fundraiser known as the Love Myself campaign.
In their most recent speech, BTS confirmed their vaccination status, saying the vaccine was like a ticket that let them attend the UN General Assembly in New York City, and one that will help them and fans reunite in the future.
The speech ended with a performance of the band’s Permission to Dance, which celebrates a bright, positive future.
During a related interview with ABC News, J-Hope discussed the band’s desire for people to support vaccination efforts. “As eager as we are to perform, we also hope the situation gets better quickly, many people get vaccinated, and that it becomes possible for us to safely have a concert.”
Along with BTS, Blackpink also has the UN’s nod of approval as advocates for change. During the 2021 General Assembly, the hitmaking quartet were revealed as advocates of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which are said to be “dedicated to peace, prosperity and the planet”.
Other SDG Advocates for 2021-2023 are the elected president of Ghana, the Norwegian Prime Minister, and Queen Mathilde of Belgium.