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 (established in 1895) is comprised of members from 268 organizations in 93 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.*2 The ICMIF (established in 1922) is comprised of members from 223 organizations in 72 countries.INTERNATIONAL 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 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.Collaboration among Japanese and Overseas CooperativesIn Japan, a new national cooperative alliance, Cooperatives Japan, was formed in 2013 in commemoration of the United Nations designating 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC). The mission of this alliance is to promote the values of cooperatives and the functions they serve in society throughout Japan.The chairs of the ICA and ICMIF visited Japan in June 2013, and Zenkyoren accompanied them to tour areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, as well as joining mass meetings. Zenkyoren also participated in events commemorating the International Day of Co-operatives to raise awareness of the functions and activities of cooperatives. At the same time, Zenkyoren worked for the permeation and development of the global cooperative movement by participating in the ICA General Assembly, ICMIF Biennial Conference and events of the AOA.Global PartnershipSpecial CommitteesRegional AssociationsANNUAL REPORT 201412