December 7th, 2012
11:36 PM ET

U.N. treaty 'Could have an impact'

Senator Mike Lee says he "can't name one treaty" that has had an effect on U.S. law. The Senator claims the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) treaty could have an impact. FULL POST

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December 7th, 2012
11:28 PM ET

Thornburgh: 'Pure Fantasy'

UN Disability treaty proponent Dick Thornburgh says it would have no effect whatsoever in the U.S., but would help 650 million worldwide.

Filed under: United Nations
December 7th, 2012
01:25 AM ET

'A sad day for people with disabilities'

Ted Kennedy Jr. says several Republicans spread "fiction," which politicized and defeated the U.N. disabilities treaty.


Filed under: Congress • United Nations
December 7th, 2012
01:23 AM ET

KTH: Senators' flip-flop on U.N. treaty

Why did several Republican senators who supported the U.N. disabilities treaty end up voting against it? We're Keeping them Honest.

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December 6th, 2012
07:18 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Outrage over defeat of disability treaty

This week the U.S. Senate blocked a U.N. treaty aimed at protecting the rights of disabled people around the world. 125 countries have ratified it. The treaty is modeled on the American Disabilities Act, which Congress passed in 1990. However, 38 Republican senators voted against the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), leaving it five votes short of ratification.

Tonight Anderson talks with the son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. Ted Kennedy Jr. lost a leg to cancer when he was a child. He feels the Republican Party has turned its back on disabled Americans with this vote. “It’s a sad day for people with disabilities, and it’s a sad day for the U.S Senate,” Kennedy tells Anderson. “You ask yourself… who could be against a treaty that basically affords people with disabilities the same rights and opportunities of everyone else?” Kennedy believes several Republicans are to blame for the treaty’s demise after they spread “fiction” and “innuendo.”

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December 6th, 2012
01:33 AM ET

Langevin: U.N. treaty 'Does not trump U.S. law'

Supporter Rep. Langevin speaks out after GOP defeats disabilities treaty due to fears it would give U.N. too much power.

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September 27th, 2012
12:22 AM ET

Giuliani blasts Obama's stance on Iran

Fmr. N.Y. Mayor Rudy Giuliani attends an anti-Iranian protest near the U.N. and says President Obama has betrayed the Iranian people.

September 25th, 2012
07:03 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Few face-to-face meetings at United Nations for Pres. Obama

President Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly this morning in New York and delivered a stern message to those responsible for the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

"The attacks on our civilians in Benghazi were attacks on America," said Pres. Obama. "There should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice," he added.

Pres. Obama also addressed the bloodshed in Syria. "The future must not belong to a dictator who massacres his people," he said about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


August 15th, 2012
11:10 PM ET

Beyoncé sets example for World Humanitarian Day

Beyoncé is teaming with the United Nations to raise awareness about World Humanitarian Day and encourage people around the world to help their communities. Anderson Cooper spoke with the singer and U.N. under-secretary-general and emergency relief coordinator Valerie Amos.

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August 15th, 2012
05:40 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Anderson Cooper interviews Beyoncé about World Humanitarian Day

Anderson Cooper sat down with Beyoncé hours before the star took the stage on August 10 at the United Nations General Assembly Hall to sing for an audience that included a mix of celebrities and other invited guests.

The crowd watched her perform "I Was Here” from her album “4,” released in 2011. The lyrics express a desire to make an impact in the lives of others: “The hearts I have touched will be the proof that I leave, that I made a difference and this world will see, I was here.”

Anderson asked Beyoncé about the song, which she is dedicating to the recognition of World Humanitarian Day. “It says, ‘I want to leave my footprints in the sands of time’ and it basically is all of our dreams, I think. And that’s leaving our mark on the world. I feel like we all want to know that our life meant something,” she explained. It’s a message she hopes will resonate and inspire acts of kindness around the world.

The show will be used as a music video released on August 19 to mark World Humanitarian Day. The U.N.’s website for the campaign is asking people to add their voice as part of a social media effort to raise awareness. There are also suggestions of how to “do something good somewhere for someone else.”


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