UN / BTS KOREAN PRESIDENT INTERVIEW

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"We’re not the lost generation, we are the welcome generation. So, let’s join hands together and work together so that we can build a better tomorrow. Let’s go!," K-pop band BTS said in an exclusive interview with UN Television. UNIFEED

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STORY: UN / BTS MOON INTERVIEW
TRT: 8:30
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /KOREAN /NATS

DATELINE: 20 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1.Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

20 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Various shots, BTS on GA podium
3.Insert, BTS music video filmed at the UN
4.Various shots, BTS walking setting for interview, music continues
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Melissa Fleming, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications:
“It’s really an amazing pleasure to have the President of Korea with us here today, President Moon, on a very important anniversary. But we’re here with BTS, your Special Envoys for Future Generations and Culture. Why are the Sustainable Development Goals important to you and also to the world?
6.SOUNDBITE (Korean) Kim Nam-Joon, BTS Group Leader RM:
“Well like with this pandemic, we’re faced with a variety of challenges and difficulties that we need to surmount so we understand the SDGs can be goals that we can work together with globally, locally, in civil society; 17 Goals that we need to meet together. We are today’s generation as well as the future generations, we still have many days left to live. Therefore the SDGs strike a balance between today’s generation and tomorrow’s generation in order to achieve equal benefits for all. Since we are part of today’s generation and tomorrow’s generation, we understand the importance of the SDGs and we feel a great responsibility. As special presidential envoys, one of the SDGs is about racism and hate speech, so we have already spoken through our social media to raise awareness of its importance as well.
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Melissa Fleming, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications:
“Thank you so much for doing the Keep the Promise campaign and calling out hate speech. I think your messages are just the opposite. I think as the President said, they’re about love, and they’re about self-love. What inspired you, President Moon, to appoint BTS as your Special Envoys and also to bring them here to attend this SDG Moment with them? And just also what are your expectations for what they will do as Special Envoy?
8.SOUNDBITE (Korean) Moon Jae-In, President of the Republic of Korea:
“Madame Under-Secretary-General that’s a very great question. I’d like to first touch upon the importance of sustainable development. I believe that the future is actually held in the hands of future generations and sustainable development. If we fail to deliver it now, I think the burden and the sacrifice will have to be placed on the shoulders of the future generations. That’s why it is important for future generations to speak up for the achievement of the SDGs and more actively participate in the process of implementing the SDGs. And BTS obviously are the greatest artists, the best artists, of our time, and they have been conveying this message of unity and hope through their music even to the younger people grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic. And I believe that they are a very special group in the sense that they are returning the love they receive from their fans all over the world through spreading this positive influence all around the world. Therefore, I believe that there is no better candidate than BTS that can represent and speak up for younger generations. And I believe that they can draw out more participation from the younger generation throughout the process of SDG implementation. So we have very much high expectations for BTS to deliver in terms of implementing the SDGs. And I believe that they can speak up for the younger generations and more generations, future generations, young people can participate in the process of SDGs.”
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Melissa Fleming, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications:
“Jimin, what are your impressions on your second visit to the UN?”
10.SOUNDBITE (Korean) Park Ji-Min, BTS group member JIMIN:
“I believe this is our second visit. Including our online address, this is our third visit to the UN. But, you know, this is not the first time here but I’m still very nervous. I’ve got the shakes. But it’s an overwhelming honour to be invited here. And also we feel, all together, a great sense of responsibility in being invited here as the special presidential envoys. We received answers from the future generation to the questions that we posed, and we did our best to transmit or share these answers to the rest of the world. So yeah, I have to say thank you so much from us for the opportunity to do so.”
11.SOUNDBITE (English) Melissa Fleming, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications:
“My next question is for J-Hope. What is your message or what was your message today to all of your fans – I think I read there’s something like 90 million around the world, probably even more, your ‘Army’ – and what are the actions that you would like them to take?”
12.SOUNDBITE (Korean) Jung Ho-Seok, BTS Group Member J-HOPE:
“After listening and receiving opinions from the future generation, I was able to see that despite the pandemic, people were staying positive, saying they did not lose sight of their dreams and their passion despite the difficulties that they were facing. And yes, we’re not the lost generation, we are the welcome generation. So let’s join hands together and work together so that we can build a better tomorrow. Let’s go!”
13.SOUNDBITE (English) Melissa Fleming, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications:
“Thank you. I love that. Welcome generation. We’ll use that. Thank you so much. President Moon, the Republic of Korea is the first and so far the only country in the world to transition from being one of the poorest countries in the world to having an advanced economy and to being a donor nation and this just in a few decades. Why are the Sustainable Development Goals in this context important to you, even as a country that has overcome such poverty and economic hardships?”
14.SOUNDBITE (Korean) Moon Jae-In, President of the Republic of Korea:
“Thank you for your great questions. Sustainable development goes beyond a simple economic development. It means a balanced development that encompasses not only economic growth but also social integration and stability and the sustainability of the environment at the same time. And I think that is our shared goal that must be persistently pursued by both developing and developed countries. And as you have heard, have stated, Korea has escaped absolute poverty and grown into a strong economy and stable democracy in just half a century, having joined the ranks of the developed countries now. Yet, that does not mean that we are without challenges. Although we are working very hard, elder poverty is still very high in Korea and inequalities and polarization in terms of income and assets are severe. And women face many barriers at the workplace and there is a glass ceiling hampering their development as well. And what is worse is that the COVID-19 pandemic has actually exacerbated these disparities. And I believe that is why the SDGs still hold relevance in Korea and the ‘leave no one behind’ – the core principle embedded in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – corresponds with my government’s policy goal to build a people-centred, innovative and inclusive country.”
15.SOUNDBITE (English) Melissa Fleming, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications:
“Thank you very much, Mr. President, and thank you very much, BTS, for all you’re doing to make this world a better place. And thank you for connecting your message to the messages of the United Nations, which is also just trying to make this world much more livable, much more humane and much more just.”
16.Wide shot, interview ends

STORYLINE:

"We’re not the lost generation, we are the welcome generation. So, let’s join hands together and work together so that we can build a better tomorrow. Let’s go!," K-pop band BTS said in an exclusive interview with UN Television.

Joined by more than 30 other Heads of State, Korean President Moon Jae-In and BTS were participating in the SDG Moment – a major event marking the start of the General Assembly High Level Week at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

For the UN, to get the SDGs back on track and prevent the worst impacts of climate change, a profound shift in economies and societies everywhere, is now needed.

In the last 18 months, COVID-19 has disrupted economies and livelihoods, deepened inequalities and risks sending more than 70 million people into extreme poverty.

“Like with this pandemic, we’re faced with a variety of challenges and difficulties that we need to surmount so we understand the SDGs can be goals that we can work together with globally, locally, in civil society; 17 Goals that we need to meet together,” Kim Nam-Joon, BTS Group Leader RM said in the interview with UNTV, following the event. “We are today’s generation as well as the future generations, we still have many days left to live. Therefore, the SDGs strike a balance between today’s generation and tomorrow’s generation in order to achieve equal benefits for all.”

“It’s an overwhelming honour to be invited here. And also we feel, all together, a great sense of responsibility in being invited here as the special presidential envoys,” added band’s member Jimin. “We received answers from the future generation to the questions that we posed, and we did our best to transmit or share these answers to the rest of the world.”

To that, J-Hope added “After listening and receiving opinions from the future generation, I was able to see that despite the pandemic, people were staying positive, saying they did not lose sight of their dreams and their passion despite the difficulties that they were facing. And yes, we’re not the lost generation, we are the welcome generation. So let’s join hands together and work together so that we can build a better tomorrow. Let’s go!”

“It is important for future generations to speak up for the achievement of the SDGs and more actively participate in the process of implementing the SDGs,” Korean President Moon Jae-In said. “And BTS obviously are the greatest artists, the best artists, of our time, and they have been conveying this message of unity and hope through their music even to the younger people grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The SDG Moment serves to place an annual spotlight on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and it was held at the beginning of the United Nation’s General Assembly’s High-Level Week.

It takes place as the world experiences a deeply uneven response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which risks creating a two-tier recovery with significant implications for the advancement of the SDGs, especially in developing countries.

Convened by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the Moment will provide world leaders with a platform to showcase the bold plans, actions and solutions that are needed to end the COVID-19 pandemic and set the world on course towards achieving the SDGs. Held in advance of major meetings on food systems, climate, energy, jobs and social protection, the SDG Moment event is expected to build the momentum needed to deliver on the Decade of Action and Keep the Promise of the SDGs.

The event will include more than 30 heads of state, a key debate with UN leaders on the COVID-19 Response and Recovery of the President of the Republic of Korea. Leaders from business, civil society, local authorities, the SDG Advocates and the UN will highlight how to take solutions to scale.
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