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WATCH: BTS sworn in as presidential special envoys, given diplomatic passports ahead of UN General Assembly appearance

By PINKY S. ICAMEN Published Sep 15, 2021 7:40 pm

Korean supergroup BTS has been officially sworn in as South Korea’s special presidential envoy for future generations and culture.

Members RM, Suga, J-Hope, Jin, V, Jimin and Jungkook were granted diplomatic passports ahead of their appearance at the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Sept. 21 to 30, where they will accompany South Korean President Moon Jae-In.

In July, Moon appointed the group to “raise awareness on global agendas, such as sustainable development, to our future generations and to strengthen the nation’s diplomatic power across the world.”

“It is a great honor to receive this title,” BTS leader RM said during the Blue House ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Members of the group looked dapper in their snappy suits when they were presented with their red-covered diplomatic passports.

BTS' diplomatic passports and their Blue House fountain pens from South Korean President Moon Jae-In. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

These passports, according to the South Korean Passport Act, are to be used while the holders are on official business. Meaning, if BTS members are to go on a tour or personal trip, they have to use their ordinary passports, which are color green.

Diplomatic passport holders enjoy privileges including diplomatic immunity and exemption from airport inspections.

President Moon fist bumps BTS leader RM during the appointment ceremony at the Blue House. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

Moon presented each member letters of appointment and Blue House fountain pens. The South Korean President also told BTS that many foreign leaders he meets break the ice by talking about them.

As part of their new role as special envoys, the group will deliver a speech during the Sustainable Development Goals Moment on Monday, Sept. 20, ahead of the UN General Assembly. A performance video of the group will be played during the event.

President Moon Jae-In is flanked by BTS members and Presidential Special Envoys (from left) V, J-Hope, Jin, RM, Suga, Jimin and Jungkook. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

This is not the first time that BTS has set foot and spoken at the United Nations.

At the 73rd UNGA in 2018, BTS became the first K-pop group to speak at the UN, with leader RM delivering a speech on self-empowerment titledSpeak Yourself.

In 2020, they were invited to a virtual event of the UN Group of Friends of Solidarity for Global Health and delivered a message of solidarity and hope to future generations who are facing difficulties due to COVID-19.

Watch the Bangtan Boys officially sworn in as presidential special envoys at the Blue House below:

Banner and thumbnail photos from @BTS_official on Twitter