BTS perform 'Permission To Dance,' share stories of today's youth and their hopes for a brighter future at the 76th UN General Assembly – watch

BTS perform 'Permission To Dance,' share stories of today's youth and their hopes for a brighter future at the 76th UN General Assembly – watch

BTS have addressed the United Nations to deliver a speech of encouragement, strength, and hope.

Earlier today (20 September), the global pop group attended the 76th UN General Assembly in New York. Introduced by South Korean President Moon-Jae In as the "artist most loved by the world," the GRAMMY-nominated act also showcased a pre-recorded performance of their smash hit, 'Permission To Dance'.

In their speech, the 'Dynamite' act delivered a message of optimism and light: "I hope we don’t just consider the future as grim darkness. We still have many pages in our story, and we shouldn’t talk as if the ending is already written.”

With over 1 million viewers tuned in to UN's YouTube livestream, the group also shared their own stories - of how they're making the best of the moments that they have now, taking on new challenges, and moving forward in the future. The BTS members also touched on important global issues like global warming, and the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Aside from their own narratives, BTS shared stories sent in by their fans from all over the world - in pictures and drawings - as part of the 'Youth Today, Youth Stories' initiative by the UN.

This comes as the group's first duty as the newly appointed Presidential Special Envoy For Future Generations and Culture

As part of their new role, BTS will represent and advocate for the younger generation and important issues that concern them, while simultaneous raising young people's awareness of international issues. 

The 'Butter' act previously addressed the UN in 2018 and 2020, where they continued to advocate for self-love and solidarity amongst young people.


Watch BTS' speech at the 76th UN General Assembly here. 

Watch BTS perform 'Permission To Dance':