BTS’s Powerful Voice Wins Them An Invite To WHO’s World Health Assembly


KEY POINTS

  • On Sunday, Tedro Adhanom Ghebreyesus took to twitter to invite BTS to the WHO’s World Health Assembly
  • Jimin donated approximately $84,000 to provide scholarships for school students
  • In June, BTS donated $1 million dollars to the Black Lives Matter movement

K-pop band BTS, which has been recognized as one of the most popular and influential groups in the world has been invited to join WHO’s World Health Assembly for a crossover project regarding public health.

The South Korean band’s influence goes far beyond the music industry. BTS members that consist of Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook have been using their fame and global influence to make the world a better place, both as a group and as individuals. 

During the coronavirus pandemic, the members have been working hard to release new content while ensuring that they follow all the safety precautions and have also been requesting and encouraging their fans to do the same.

On Sunday, Tedro Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, took to twitter to invite BTS at the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Health Assembly and also requested them to perform on their latest hit English Single “Dynamite.”

“I hear you and all the other #BTSARMY saying they want to see more ‘crossover’ between public health & #BTS. I am delighted to invite @BTS_twt to take #BTS_Dynamite to the next @WHO World Health Assembly. And congratulations for #Dynamite100MViewsIn24Hrs,” He captioned the tweet.

The World Health Assembly acts as the WHO’s supreme decision-making body. The representatives of the World Health Assembly from all member states hold an in-person gathering in Geneva, Switzerland every year to work on a specific health plan. Following the invitation, fans have been speculating if BTS will also be present at the assembly’s next gathering.

The members of BTS are known for being vocal about their support for various causes including education, natural calamities, mental health, child welfare, and more.

Most recently, Jimin donated 100 million South Korean won (approximately $84,000) to the Jeonnam Future Education Foundation to provide scholarships for school students. J-Hope had also made a donation of 100 million won to the ChildFund Korea foundation with the intention of helping children facing social and financial difficulties.

In June, the band donated $1 million to the Black Lives Matter movement, in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The septet’s donation was also matched by their fandom, the BTS Army, within 24 hours.

In 2017, BTS was the first K-pop group to be invited as goodwill ambassadors to speak at the United Nations General Assembly in honor of UNICEF’s “Generation Unlimited” initiative. In 2018, the band also partnered with UNICEF to create the “Love Myself” campaign which aimed towards ending violence against children and young people.

BTS, seen here at the Grammy's in January, have already smashed records with more than 4 million pre-orders for their new album BTS, seen here at the Grammy’s in January, have already smashed records with more than 4 million pre-orders for their new album Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / KEVORK DJANSEZIAN

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