Daniel Ellsberg was honoured for his 'profound humanism and exceptional moral courage'
Tax avoidance and "murky" deals by major international firms are depriving African states of tens of billions of dollars each year, says Kofi Annan.
Brahimi, who served as a UN envoy in Afghanistan, formally accepted the post and will resume efforts to find a diplomatic solution to Syria's crisis.
The Syrian opposition has vowed to confront Bashar al-Assad directly if the UN fails to vote in favour of imposing sanctions upon his regime.
There is no place for President Bashar al-Assad in any future Syrian government, diplomats say, as Russia and China agree to transition plan.
Kofi Annan has warned that an all-out war looms in Syria, holding President Bashar al-Assad as the first responsible to act to end the conflict.
South African political analysts have explained the country's low-key stance on Syria as a mix of overcompensation and awkwardness.
Associate Professor James O Chibueze and Dr SP van den Heever are part of an international team of astronomers studying the G358-MM1 high-mass protostar.