12 of the Korean boy band’s 13 members recently graced a UNESCO event ahead of its 2-night concerts in Manila.
Good to know that K-pop superstar group Seventeen—set to perform on Jan. 13 and 14 at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bulacan—has been using its popularity and influence for urgent causes.
At a recent event, the 13th UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris, 12 of Seventeen’s 13 members joined the call for a better future by expressing support for the 170 participants in discussions on the social impact of climate change.
In a statement on its website, UNESCO—or the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization—said: “This collaboration between Seventeen and UNESCO recognizes the importance of blending art with activism. Their performance is more than just entertainment, it’s a call for youth empowerment and collective action.
“As prominent influencers in the global arena, Seventeen’s participation highlights the vital role artists can play in global dialogues, inspiring millions of youths to engage with pressing issues and drive meaningful change.
“By celebrating the work of young people as key actors that are shaping regional and global policy, this event will bring us closer to our shared goal of building a better future for all.”
In a video of the event shown on the UNESCO website, Seungkwan, Jun, Woozi, Mingyu, Joshua, and Vernon spoke on behalf of the group.
Seungkwan recalled his childhood: “As my friends and I played in the ocean and the oreum (volcanic cone) hills on Jeju Island, we talked about our dreams with each other… The little boy who dreamed of a big future from that World Heritage Island now stands before you at the UNESCO headquarters today.”
Chinese member Jun said: “We were teachers to one another… We may not be perfect as individuals, but together, we’re the best team.”
During his turn, Woozi remarked: “We make sure every member’s thoughts and feelings are accounted for… “I’m certain that every one of you knows a few things about the difficulty of reaching a consensus. Trying to find the best ways to foster a better society while accommodating everyone’s opinions is no small feat. But we have learned firsthand that diverse voices lead to impactful solutions.”
Mingyu recounted giving 13 goats as gifts to children in Tanzania. He revealed he received a letter and photo from a child in the African nation who said: “I’ll take care of this goat. For my dreams.”
Added Mingyu: “We want to make sure that no young people, no matter who they are or where they’re coming from, ever give up on their dreams or get discouraged.”
Joshua told the audience of a 2022 UNESCO project, the Going Together Campaign in collaboration with the Korean National Commission to raise awareness on the value of education. He said, “Education can change a person, expand that person’s dreams, and change the world. Let’s learn and go together.”
Lastly, Vernon quoted lyrics from the five songs the group would perform: “Let’s open a new future together” and “If we are together, you and I are never losing our walk, you and I, we will be walking straight.”
The rest of the group—Jeonghan, Hoshi, Wonwoo, DK, The8, Seungkwan, and Dino (S.Coups couldn’t make it due to an injury)—joined the speakers to perform “World,” “Darl+ing,” “Headliner,” “God of Music” and “Let’s Go Together.”
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