BTS on their way to USA for first time in 2 years, flaunt new diplomatic passports
Members Jungkook and Jimin post a photo to their offcial Twitter account to bid Korean ARMYs farewell before BTS leaves to attend UNGA in the US
Representing South Korea in the International United Nations General Assembly, members of the group BTS who have been selected as cultural envoys were spotted leaving the country for the first time in two years, ever since Covid-19 forced world-wide travel restrictions. BTS members were seen flaunting their new red-cover, diplomatic passports inside the airport in Korea.
BTS members are the youngest Korean citizens in history to receive diplomatic passports — Jungkook, the group's youngest member, is only 23 years old. In the pictures taken at the airport, Jungkook was seen bowing to people around him as a form of respect, making fans swoon at his humility.
Being certified as "Cultural Envoys of South Korea", certified by President Moon Jaein, on September 14, members of BTS left the country for the first time to fulfil their duties as citizens of South Korea representing the youth at the UNGA.
BTS to speak about racism
BTS were the first-ever South Korean music act in history to receive the special passports and to be elected as ‘Presidential Special Envoy for Future Generations and Culture’ ahead of their visit to the US in order to attend the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Since their speech in the year 2019 and thereafter, members of the popular boy band were elected as youth ambassadors, voicing concerns of the young at the international forum.
In the assembly for 2021, BTS will be addressing Youth Today with their speech against racism. BTS has been quite vocal about their views on tackling this social issue, having been subjected to it themselves despite being idols. They also backed their words monetarily, contributing $1 million to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. Their positive influence on the youth today was highlighted when ARMYs around the world contributed and matched the amount BTS donated within 24 hours. It became the only fandom in the world to raise $1 million for a noble cause.
BTS leave South Korea for first time in years
On September 18, members of the group were seen bidding Korean ARMYs farewell as they were captured at the International Airport in Incheon, South Korea. The members were dressed in casuals as they held their passports in their hands as they waved to fans who came to see them off at the airport.
BTS departed from Korea as representatives who will be joined by the president of South Korea at the United Nations General Assembly which begins on Tuesday, September 21, and ends on Thursday, September 30 located at the 7 World Trade Center in New York, USA.
BTS will attend the 'Sustainable Development Goals Movement' which is a meeting at the 76th United Nations General Assembly, which has the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as the focus of discussions. BTS will give speeches and air a special performance video as special envoys of South Korea. They will be joined by the other global K-pop phenomenon, Blackpink. The girl group has also been selected as advocates for UN's Sustainable Development Goals on September 17.