Global PartnershipSpecial CommitteeRegional AssociationsICAInternational Co-operative AllianceICMIFInternational Cooperative and Mutual Insurance FederationAMICEAssociation of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in EuropeAMENAAssociation Middle East and North AfricaICMIF/AmericasICMIF/Regional Association for the AmericasAOAAsia and Oceania AssociationGLOBAL INITIATIVESStrengthening International TiesZenkyoren’s international activities include serving as a member of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), a worldwide association of cooperatives, and as a member of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF), a special committee of the ICA. We also serve as the Secretariat of ICMIF’s Asia and Oceania Association (AOA).As the AOA Secretariat, Zenkyoren provides these opportunities for the promotion of information exchange among members in different countries, improving understanding of insurance, and supporting the development and expansion of cooperative insurance organizations. Zenkyoren supports these events through its participation in ICMIF and AOA activities.IYC 2012 LOGOINTERNATIONAL INITIATIVESZenkyoren’s Contribution to AOAFor more than 25 years since the foundation of the association in 1984, directors of Zenkyoren have served as chairs of the AOA, and Zenkyoren has also served as its Secretariat. These are examples of Zenkyoren’s contribution to the cooperative and mutual insurance movement in Asia and the Oceania region.AOA ActivitiesAOA General Meetings are held once every two years to discuss the association’s policy direction, financial position, operations and so on.AOA seminars mainly for executives and senior managers, and AOA forums mainly for the staff of member organizations are held for the purposes stated above such as promoting information exchange.UN International Year of Cooperatives 2012In 2009, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC 2012) to promote cooperatives and raise social awareness of the roles cooperatives play in fostering socioeconomic development. In response, Zenkyoren and other ICA member organizations in Japan have spearheaded the formation of the Japan National Planning Committee for IYC 2012 to engage in activities in connection with IYC 2012.12 ANNUAL REPORT 2012