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Welcome generation rather than lost generation

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24.10.2021

By Yoo Yeon-chul

There were times during the past two years when I felt bewildered and troubled. In general, graduations are moments in young people's lives meant to be celebrated, while missing out on them is upsetting. Because of the limitations that were put in place to overcome the pandemic, people in their teens and 20s are being referred to as "COVID's lost generation." But this should be renamed the "welcome generation."

Instead of fearing change, this generation welcomes it and keeps pushing ahead. What matters are the choices we make when faced with change. Every choice we make is the beginning of change. How wonderful and how hopeful this message is.

As part of the 76th United Nations General Assembly held in New York last September, this message was delivered by the global K-pop sensation, BTS, which had been appointed as special presidential envoys for future generations and culture by President Moon Jae-in. BTS said it was time to discover how precious the things we take for granted are, such as sharing moments with nature. This relates to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Another global K-pop group, BLACKPINK, was appointed as the first Asian advocate for SDGs by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres last September. BLACKPINK is........

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