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K-pop boy group “BTS” to give United Nations buzz

THE UNITED NATIONS – You don’t have to be a scientist to understand why a K-pop boy group will be at the UN, a senior diplomat told me: “The development goals should be completed by 2030 and most leaders State will come to the General Assembly are over 60 years old. We need the next generation to see it through.

The UN needs young people and this K-pop boy group dominates the global community of 15-25 year olds.

“The demographic change in the world, coupled with rapid technological advances, represents a critical moment in history,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.

“Young people may be 25 percent of the world’s population, but they are 100 percent of the future. We cannot afford to let them down,” Fore said.

Monday’s pre-match General Assembly show, one day before the “General debate” will start with 193 member nations, will see the seven members of the boy group BTS perform at an event called “Generation Unlimited” sponsored by UNICEF, the children’s agency, to promote a new partnership, the segment education of an ambitious program called “Youth2030” of the Secretary General.

BTS is emblematic of a generation of young people across the world and their latest album was the very first album by a Korean artist to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. In 2017, they made their American television debut at the American Music Awards.

K-pop boy group “BTS” to give United Nations buzz
Top Social Artist award-winning K-pop band BTS pose in the press room during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The young members of the BTS (Beyond the Scene) septet, all in their twenties, also known as Bangtan Boys with their on-stage nicknames Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Rap Monster (RM), Jimin, V and Jungkook, are not new. to social activism and have written songs about bullying in school and their approach to happiness and education.

In a statement about the UN event on Monday, BTS, with its new title of Global Supporters of UNICEF, said: “We believe that mutual support of young people to each other is the first step towards showing some love.

Also at Monday’s event, which will be streamed live from the UN from noon to 2 p.m. ET at the Trusteeship Council, there will be UN heavyweights including UN Secretary-General António Guterres. , World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, who is of Korean descent, and United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy for Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake.

Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, who is meeting several countries at the UNGA this year on the Iranian nuclear deal, trade and other issues, shared his feeling as a cheerleader for the project: “Let’s make it happen: make every young woman and man find his place in society – through education, training or a good job – by 2030. ”

Recently appointed actress, comedian and author Lilly Singh, who was also named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador at a special event in New Delhi, will also headline the UNICEF event. . Singh said: “I am continually inspired by this generation and I am committed to doing what I can to help them achieve a better future.”

UNICEF estimates that the global adolescent and youth population will reach two billion by 2030, yet more than 200 million young people of lower and upper secondary school are out of school.

Education, according to UNICEF, is vital, especially in conflict zones and has created a “School-in-a-Box” program “to ensure the continued education of children during the first 72 hours of life. ‘an emergency’.

The universal education of young people is at the center of the meeting. World Bank President Kim said, “When we invest in our young people, we provide them with equal opportunities, a chance to achieve their aspirations and a better economic future.