Water experts from around Europe gathered in Brussels last month to exchange experience and knowledge about the important lessons from LIFE funded actions in support of the EU's Water Framework Directive (WFD).

European water resources continue to experience significant levels of stress from a variety of sources, and October's "Water for life - LIFE for water" conference explored the range of positive contributions that LIFE projects have been making to help achieve WFD goals concerning good ecological status of EU waters by 2015 and EU seas by 2020.

Council of Europe Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland will sign an agreement with the London-based MBI Al Jaber Foundation, in order to develop co-operation on Intercultural Dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

UNITED is producing the 92th printed edition of the Calendar of Internationalism which will be sent Europe-wide to over 2500 European organisations active in the field of antiracism.

On November 27, EU Youth Ministers met in Brussels to adopt a new framework for EU cooperation in the youth field from 2010 until 2018.

The new framework of cooperation sets out overall objectives, priorities, working methods and follow-up systems. The overall objectives of the cooperation will be to create more and equal opportunities for all young people in education and in the labour market and to promote their active citizenship, social inclusion and solidarity.

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Following the European Council decision of the 24th November 2009, 2011 will be the European Year of Voluntary Activities Promoting Active Citizenship. The overall purpose of the European Year shall be to encourage and support - notably through the exchange of experience and good practices - the efforts of the Community, the Member States, local and regional authorities to create the conditions for civil society conducive to volunteering in the European Union (EU) and to increase the visibility of voluntary activities in the EU.