Significant knowledge and empirical evidence is produced in technical assistance projects focusing on the practical implementation and innovation around environmental goods and services towards more circular production and trade systems.  To enhance impact and knowledge related to applied circular economy projects under the Sustainable Manufacturing and Environmental Pollution (SMEP) Programme, and to empower civil society audiences with knowledge to drive systemic change, UNCTAD and Africa 21 have decided to join forces to deliver capacity building and targeted training activities for journalists and communicators based in East and West Africa.  The initiative is also co-sponsored by UNESCO.