South Korean boy band BTS made history by being the first ever K-pop group to speak at the United Nations on Monday for UNICEF's "Generation Unlimited" launch. The group has previously worked with UNICEF to launch the "Love Myself" campaign, which advocates against youth violence. Now, the UN launches "Generation Unlimited" to alleviate "the global education and training crisis currently holding back millions of young people and threatening progress and stability."
Kim Nam-joon, better known as RM, spoke for the group to share his personal struggles and how he used those experiences to positively influence the people around him. Creating music was how he found his strength. "I had one sanctuary, and that was music. There was a small voice in me that said, 'Wake up, man, and listen to yourself!' But it took me a long time to hear music calling my name." He uses this newfound confidence to motivate others to believe in themselves too: “I want to hear your voice. I want to hear your conviction. No matter where you’re from, skin color, gender identity, just speak yourself."