South Korea’s government is officially leaning into boy band diplomacy, tapping BTS as presidential envoys for international meetings like the UN General Assembly

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BTS is scheduled to be back at the UN General Assembly in New York this September, to represent South Korea as its presidential envoys. BTS/Twitter
  • South Korean President Moon Jae-in has named seven-member boy band BTS as his diplomatic envoys.
  • The boyband is set to represent South Korea at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this September.
  • The seven-member band was invited to speak at the UN back in 2018 and 2020.
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BTS has a new official role as South Korea’s presidential envoys for public diplomacy.

The seven-member boy band – composed of members RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook – received this appointment on Thursday from South Korean President Moon Jae-In, per South Korean news outlet MBC News.

As South Korea’s presidential envoys, the band will attend international conferences like the 76th United Nations General Assembly this September, according to Blue House spokeswoman Park Kyung-mi.

“We plan to organize various activities (with BTS) to promote international cooperation in solving global challenges, such as improving the environment, eliminating poverty and inequality, and respecting diversity,” said Park in a statement on Thursday.

Park added that BTS will “send a message of consolation and hope to everyone around the world.”

The Blue House’s official statement posted on Twitter noted that the band will be part of South Korea’s efforts to publicize what the country is doing regarding sustainable development and youth-related issues.

BTS and its members have spoken at the UN several times. Last year, the group spoke at the 75th United Nations General Assembly to deliver a message of hope and reassurance during the COVID pandemic.

In 2018, the band’s leader, rapper RM, also gave a speech at the UN General Assembly in New York on efforts the band has participated in to end violence against children.

The group this month released its latest single, “Permission to Dance,” their fifth track to top the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.