ICAInternational Co-operative AllianceICMIFInternational Cooperative and Mutual Insurance FederationAOAAsia and Oceania AssociationICMIF/AmericasICMIF/Regional Association for the AmericasGLOBAL INITIATIVESZenkyoren’s Links with International OrganizationsZenkyoren is a member of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA*1), a worldwide association of cooperatives, and is also a member of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF*2), one of the ICA’s special committees.Based on the spirit of mutual assistance and democracy, these international organizations operate around the world with the aim of contributing to the further development of cooperatives’ activities and cooperative insurance.*1 The ICA is comprised of members from 271 organizations in 96 countries, and is the world’s largest NGO with approximately 1 billion members. The ICA is registered as an advisory body of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (established in 1895).*2 The ICMIF is comprised of members from 212 organizations in 69 countries (established in 1922).IYC 2012 logoINTERNATIONAL INITIATIVESZenkyoren’s International ActivitiesZenkyoren serves on the directorship of the ICMIF, and participates in various committees. Zenkyoren also belongs to the Asia and Oceania Association (AOA), a regional body of the ICMIF. From its founding in 1984 until today, directors of Zenkyoren have served as chairs of the AOA, and Zenkyoren has been the AOA’s secretariat.By participating in AOA General Meetings held to discuss issues such as the association’s policy direction, finances and management, as well as by participating in AOA seminars and forums for managers and employees of member organizations, Zenkyoren contributes to information exchange among members in different countries, improving understanding of insurance practices, and supporting the development and expansion of cooperative insurance organizations.Initiatives for the 2012 International Year of CooperativesThe United Nations declared 2012 to be the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC). In response, Zenkyoren participated in the Japan National Planning Committee for IYC 2012, as well as prefecture-level regional committees, and has worked to raise awareness of the social value of cooperatives and the role they play in society through newspaper and other advertising, cooperative festivals held with citizen participation, and other activities.Global PartnershipSpecial CommitteesRegional AssociationsANNUAL REPORT 201312