KEY POINTS

  • BTS will attend international forums to send messages of hope to the youth
  • The boy band will join activities that promote issues of global concern 
  • It will help South Korea emerge as a global leader in the post-coronavirus era

BTS may attend this year's United Nations General Assembly as part of their duties after they were appointed the Special Envoy for Public Diplomacy by South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday. 

BTS has been given the role of "Special Presidential Envoy for Future Generations and Culture." One of its obligations is to help South Korea emerge as a global leader in the post-coronavirus era, Cheong Wa Dae (The Blue House) spokesperson Park Kyung-mee said as per The Korea Times.

A special envoy represents an international organization or a state on the basis of a temporary mandate, according to Oxford Public International Law.

Park said BTS plans to attend major international meetings, including the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly scheduled in September.

Capitalizing on the group's famous songs that speak of hope and positivity, Park noted that BTS will be responsible for sending encouraging messages to the youth while promoting various activities that deal with issues of poverty, environment, inequality and respect for diversity.

BTS' global ARMY fanbase celebrated the milestone and flooded Twitter with congratulatory messages. Many of them also expressed their excitement for the K-pop group members' appearances at the United Nations General Assembly and other international forums.

"@BTS_twt top the charts and break records and own the stage, but they're so much more than a boy band. They're good people," Twitter user @LaurenJP68 noted.

"Talking about @BTS_twt I find myself running out of superlatives. 'Presidential Envoy'? Wow. Only BTS. Only BTS," wrote Twitter user @cypherluscious.

The special appointment given to BTS is part of efforts to turn the spotlight on Seoul's initiatives in handling global issues for the sake of future generations, Park explained.

In recent years, BTS scored several hits that led to its international success.

"Permission to Dance" became the group's fourth No. 1 track on the Billboard Hot 100 chart shortly after its release. It replaced another BTS No. 1 hit, "Butter," which dropped to No. 7 after spending seven weeks on the top of the chart.

Billboard hailed BTS Tuesday as the first act to replace its No. 1 track with another chart-topping song of its own since rapper Drake in 2018. 

Following the release of "Permission to Dance" on July 9, the vibrant track drew 15.9 million U.S. streams and 1.1 million radio airplay audience impressions while selling 140,100 downloads in the week ending July 15, Billboard said.

BTS Eating South Korean group BTS enjoy churros during a taping of The Morning Mash Up' On SiriusXM Hits 1 Channel at SiriusXM Studios on April 12, 2019 in New York City. Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for SiriusXM