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How to Watch BTS’ UN General Assembly Speech and Performance

On Sept. 20, the members of BTS spoke at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook also performed their song 'Permission to Dance.' This article explains how fans who missed the original livestream can watch BTS' speech and performance at the UN General Assembly.

After being named Special Presidential Envoy for Future Generations and Culture by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the members of BTS attended the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook delivered a speech at the UN General Assembly on Sept. 20 and performed their song “Permission to Dance.” Here is how fans can watch BTS’ UN General Assembly speech and performance.

RM, Jin, Jimin, Suga, Jungkook, V, and J-Hope of BTS wear suits and stand on a sidewalk
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Fans can watch BTS’ new UN speech on YouTube

The Sustainable Development Goals Moment began at 8 a.m. EDT on Sept. 20. Moon addressed the UN General Assembly about climate action, sustainable development, and coronavirus (COVID-19) response. He then introduced BTS’ appearance at the SDG Moment.

This marked BTS’ third appearance at the UN General Assembly, as the septet previously spoke at the UN in 2018 and 2020. During their 2021 speech, the members of BTS shared stories about the younger generation.

The band’s speech was livestreamed on the UN’s YouTube channel and on Twitter. Following the completion of the speech, the UN uploaded BTS’ remarks to YouTube. For fans who missed the official livestream, ARMY can watch BTS’ UN speech in its entirety here on the UN’s YouTube channel.

BTS’ UN General Assembly performance is available to watch on YouTube

After delivering a speech during the SDG Moment as part of the 76th UN General Assembly, BTS performed their single “Permission to Dance.”

The performance began with the members singing and dancing in an empty General Assembly Hall. Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook moved through the building and then exited outside to the plaza. While outside, the band members were joined by a group of people who danced along to the joyful choreography.

For fans who missed the performance when it was streamed live, the UN uploaded BTS’ “Permission to Dance” performance to YouTube. ARMY can watch the performance here.


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BTS spoke to today’s youth in their UN address

Leading up to the UN General Assembly, BTS asked young people around the world on social media to submit stories about what the past two years have been like. At the SDG Moment, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook shared the stories that were submitted.

During the speech, the band members brought up the sense of mourning and dread youth feel about climate change and the coronavirus. Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook also challenged the idea that the young generation is known as “the lost generation.”

“I think that’s why instead of the ‘lost generation,’ a more appropriate name would be the ‘welcome generation,'” Jin said. “Because instead of fearing change, this generation says ‘Welcome!’ and keeps forging ahead.”

The members then encouraged younger generations to come together and make healthy choices so there can be a future to look forward to. BTS also shared their hopes to one day be reunited with fans in person and that there will be positive change going forward.