On Wednesday, K-pop group BTS returned to the United Nations General Assembly to make yet another heartfelt speech after their first appearance two years ago.
This time, while continuing with their UNICEF Love Myself campaign launched in 2017, they focused on young people’s states of mind during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Leader of the group, Kim Namjoon, known as RM, began the speech in English before the scene transitioned to the other members speaking in Korean.
Although all of them spoke about different ways they found themselves during this pandemic, there was a common theme of feeling alone and being closed off from the rest of the world.
“Yesterday, I was singing and dancing with fans around the world, and now my world had shrunk to a room,” Park Jimin, known as Jimin, said.
But they also revealed how music, as well as continuing to connect with friends and family via all means possible, has helped them through the feeling of loneliness and seclusion.
Kim Seokjin, whose stage name is Jin, also mentioned how during this time, it was important to set some time aside to focus on yourself too.
“In a world of uncertainty, we must cherish the importance of ‘me’, ‘you’ and ‘us’,” he said.
“We’re huddled together tired, but let’s dream again,” he said, before all seven members said collectively, “Life goes on. Let’s live on.”
In 2018, the group became the first K-pop group to ever address the United Nations.
That speech launched UNICEF’s “Generation Unlimited” youth campaign, a global partnership dedicated to getting every young person into quality education, training or employment by 2030.