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 283 organizations in 94 countries (as of December 2014), 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 226 organizations in 70 countries (as of April 2015).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 CooperativesZenkyoren has participated in a national cooperative alliance “Cooperatives Japan” which was formed in commemoration of the International Year of Cooperatives 2012. Zenkyoren also participated in events commemorating the International Day of Co-operatives (July 2014, held in Tokyo) and The 3rd United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (March 2015, held in Sendai) to promote the values of cooperatives and the roles they fulfill in modern-day society.Global PartnershipSpecial CommitteesRegional AssociationsAOA’s 30th Anniversary Seminar Colombo 2014 (Photo by AOA)ANNUAL REPORT 201512