The 2016 edition of the annual China Social Work Conference (中国社会工作年会), organized by the China Association of Social Workers（CASW, 中国社会工作联合会), was launched in Beijing on the 14th of March. The CASW chairman, Gong Puguang, gave a speech at the conference, encouraging social workers to provide refined and professional social work by following the spirit of the Resolution of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council on winning the fight against poverty (中共中央国务院关于打赢脱贫攻坚战的决定), and the guidelines on promoting the development of social assistance (关于加快推进社会救助领域社会工作发展的意见) issued by the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the Ministry of Finance.
A report on “the Big 10 Events in the Development of Chinese Social Work in 2015” (2015年度促进中国社会工作发展十件大事) was released during the conference. The events include social work being written into the government work report and social work being introduced into the Domestic Violence Law. Lists of the hundred most honoured Chinese Social Workers (中国百名社工人物), and Social Service Institutions (百强社会工作服务机构) were also announced. Considering the accomplishments that the country has achieved in this field, it was declared that China will host the 2017 Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Social Work, something which is seen as a great recognition as it will be the first time for China to host the regional conference.