BTS inspired the United Nations with a historic appearance at the 73rd YN general Assembly!
On September 24, UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) has officially begun their new “Generation Unlimited” initiative, as a part of the United Nations youth strategy, “Youth 2030.”
The “Generation Unlimited” is a global partnership that is “dedicated to increasing opportunities and investments for children and young people aged 10 to 24” and encourages the message, “our time, our turn, and our unlimited future.” The UNICEF director Henrietta Fore explained it to let the voices of young people be heard, as well as aiming to have all youth, especially girls, in learning, training, or age-appropriate employment by the year 2030.
UNICEF goodwill ambassadors invited BTS to give a speech in honor of the launch with RM as the representative.
His speech began with him opening as introducing himself expressing that “It is an incredible honor to be invited to an occasion with such significance for today’s generation.”
RM then continued to draw inspiration from the message of BTS’s “Love Myself” UNICEF campaign — “True love first begins with loving myself” — and what he’s learned through his own life story.
RM then expressed “Let’s all take one more step. We have learned to love ourselves. So now, I urge you to speak yourself. I’d like to ask all of you, ‘What is your name?’
“What excites you and makes your heart beat? Tell me your story. I want to hear your voice. I want to hear your conviction. No matter who you are, where you are from, your skin color, your gender identity, just speak yourself. Find your name and find your voice by speaking yourself.”
RM then refers back to how he is now defining his identity concluding with “What is your name? Speak yourself.”
Watch his full speech below!
FULL SPEECH: Global pop sensation @BTS_twt speaks at the 73rd @UN General Assembly in NYC and helps to launch a new global youth initiative, "Generation Unlimited." https://t.co/dCuujVag6a#BTSonGMA #BTS pic.twitter.com/SArtpiIcBh
— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 24, 2018