South Korean pop group Black Pink and American poet Amanda Gorman took to the United Nations podium on Monday to urge action on climate change and other global goals that include achieving gender equality and ending hunger and poverty.
Mrs. Gorman recited a new poem in the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York, a day before world leaders began delivering annual speeches before the 193-member body.
“I only ask you to take care before it is too late, to live aware and awake, and to lead with love in hours of hate.
I challenge you to respond to this call, and I challenge you to determine our destiny.
Above all, I challenge you to do good, so that the world may be great,” Mrs. Gorman said in a round of applause.
Ms. Gorman and Black Pink participated in an event to promote the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations in 2015.
In their video chat, the four members of Blackpink – the United Nations advocates for the Sustainable Development Goals – urged people to reduce energy consumption, choose local products and reduce food waste.
“We must seize this moment and take action to create a more sustainable world and leave no one behind,” Black Pink member Jenny Kim said.
The United Nations Climate Science Panel has said governments and industries must drastically reduce emissions of fossil fuels to contain global warming and limit its climate impacts.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said many risks were pushing the SDGs “out of reach”, describing the challenge of saving them as “enormous”.
“Young people are demanding work – not just for themselves, but for future generations. The dangers we face are no match for a united world,” said Mr. Guterres.
“Let’s get to work. Let’s get our world back on track.”