South Korean pop group Blackpink and American poet Amanda Gorman took to the United Nations stage on Monday to call for action on climate change and other global goals, including achieving gender equality and the eradication of hunger and poverty.
Ms Gorman read a new poem in the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York, a day before world leaders begin delivering annual addresses to the 193-member body.
“I only ask that you care before it’s too late, that you live conscious and awake, that you lead the hours of hate with love.
I challenge you to answer this call, I challenge you to shape our destiny.
Above all, I challenge you to do good, to make the world great,” Ms. Gorman said to a round of applause.
Ms Gorman and Blackpink were attending an event to promote the 17 Sustainable Development Goals created by the United Nations in 2015.
Speaking via video, the four members of Blackpink – advocates for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals – urged people to reduce their energy consumption, choose local produce and reduce food waste.
“We must seize this moment and take action to create a more sustainable world and leave no one behind,” said Blackpink member Jennie Kim.
A United Nations climate science panel has said governments and industries should drastically reduce fossil fuel emissions to contain global warming and limit its impacts on the climate.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said various dangers were pushing the Sustainable Development Goals “further out of reach”, describing the challenge of saving them as “tremendous”.
“Young people are demanding action – not just for themselves, but for future generations. The dangers we face are no match for a united world,” Guterres said.
“Let’s get to work. Let’s get our world back on track.