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BTS made history as the first K-Pop boy band to speak at the UN


NEW YORK (Circa) — Beloved K-Pop super group BTS (or "Bangtan Boys") was front and center on the world stage Monday among delegates from over 30 countries at the United Nations 73rd General Assembly in New York. It's the first time in history a Korean boy band spoke at the United Nations.

Members of the seven-member group attended the Youth Summit to join the launch of "Generation Unlimited" — a global initiative designed to help ensure young people are in education, learning, training or employment by 2030. The new partnership is the education pillar to an ambitious program by the Secretary General's office, called "Youth 2030." UNICEF, which sponsored the event, named BTS UNICEF Global Ambassadors.

Kim "RM" Nam-Joon, the lead member of the group, delivered an impassioned 7-minute speech. "No matter who you are, where you're from, your skin color, your gender identity, just speak yourself," Nam-Joon said. "Find your name and find your voice by speaking yourself."

The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) is going on now through September 30.

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