International Events For UPSC Prelims and Mains 2018

This article will help in covering the following topics of the syllabus


  • Current events of International Importance.


  • Essay Paper-III
  • General studies II -Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

As you know Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2018 will be conducted on 3rd June 2018, and mains will be starting from 1st October 2018 in which current affairs will play a crucial role.

So in this article, we will be updating all important International Events between January 2017 to September 2018 on monthly basis. Bookmark this page in your browser so that you don’t miss any important event. The events are compiled from newspapers (The Hindu, TOI, IE & ET), magazines, and various online resources.

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March 2018

  • Free conversion of PIO cards to OCI stopped
  • IMF opposes Trump’s import duty proposal
  • Global Firepower ranking
  • Nepal president elected
  • World Happiness Report 2018
  • Energy transition index
  • Scientist Stephen Hawking dies at 76
  • Merkel elect fourth term
  • EIU survey
  • World Consumer Rights Day 2018
  • Xi Jinping re-elected
  • Sri Lanka lifts state of emergency
  • Vladimir Putin re-elected
  • Britain, EU agree Brexit transition deal
  • 457 visa abolished
  • Russia tests new IBM

February 2018

  • The first ever International Kala Mela
  • World Cancer Day
  • Syria rejects on chemical weapon use
  • World fails to stop war on children:UNICEF
  • UN council fails for Syria truce
  • WEF report on online threats
  • China rejects of land-grabbing in Maldives
  • UK unveils tool for blocking extremist content
  • Venezuela, Libya lose UN vote
  • New PM of Nepal
  • Emergency in Maldives extended
  • Intersex Asia network launched
  • Russia vetoes UN resolution

From time to time the current affairs magazines section containing full coverage of events will also get updated, which you can download in PDF format.

The magazines given below are updated  with full coverage of events from January 2017 March 2018

International Events (eBook) For UPSC Prelims and Mains 2018Yearly current affairs 2018


January 2018

  • Chinese ban on ivory sales
  • First in Gulf introduce VAT
  • China to build second overseas military base
  • Rare site uncovered on Israeli highway
  • Israel destroyed Gaza attack tunnel
  • Panama joins international tax cooperation efforts
  • Indian cities feature in ‘Emerging World Cities’ category
  • World War II bomb defused
  • Sauli Niinisto elected for second term

December 2017

  • Iran’s Chabahar port opens
  • World Inequality Report 2018
  • Italy adopts living wills
  • Net neutrality rules swept aside by US
  • International Migration Report 2017
  • UN appoints new UNICEF head
  • UNSC imposes new sanctions
  • World’s largest amphibious aircraft
  • Ban on solo climbers from Everest

November 2017

  • Forbes list of Asia’s richest
  • Russia casts tenth UN veto on Syria action
  • UNGA adopts Pak-backed resolution
  • Most violent region for women
  • Nepalese vote in first provincial polls

October 2017

  • Sarin traces in Syria attack
  • US withdraws from UNESCO
  • IMF report on UBI
  • Hamas sign reconciliation accord
  • Bill to review foreign investments in US
  • Restrictions on trade with North Korea
  • Chinese power over North Korea
  • 2nd term for Xi Jinping
  • Global Passport Power Rank 2017
  • Tighter H-1B visa
  • First International Conference on Consumer Protection
  • Spain, Catalonia battle

September 2017

  • Typhoon Mawar
  • World giving index for 2017
  • Colombia’s ELN rebels
  • International Literacy Day 2017
  • Expat Insider survey 2017
  • Rohingya militants declare ceasefire
  • Global drone registry
  • BTC China to stop trading
  • UN provides food aid after Irma rips up
  • Nations ink UN nuclear ban treaty
  • UN ends disarmament in Colombia
  • India in cancer report
  • Merkel wins fourth term

August 2017

  • The ITU’s ICT Figures 2017
  • Neymar signs world record deal
  • Framework for crafting code on SCS
  • Tougher sanctions on North Korea
  • NAFTA talks conclude
  • GEM India Report
  • Myanmar Unrest
  • 7th in influence on global affairs
  • UN opens uranium bank

July 2017

  • UN agrees to cut peacekeeping budget
  • India slips in Swiss money
  • Gulf deadline approaches
  • Qatar deadline extended
  • Global Cybersecurity Index 2017
  • Arab Regional Payments System
  • First-ever global treaty to ban nuclear weapon
  • Men-only island gets UNESCO nod
  • Global Migration Potential report
  • Mass production of CH-5 drone
  • UN 90-90-90 targets report
  • Data hub for MENASA region
  • Hambantota port deal
  • US successfully tests THAAD

June 2017

  • ICBM defence system tested
  • China’s tough cybersecurity law comes into effect
  • WHO expands list of essential medicines
  • World Investment Report 2017
  • French Parliamentary Elections
  • Panama forges ties with China
  • Ireland’s New prime minister
  • THE World Reputation Rankings 2017
  • UNICEF report 2017
  • Global IoT spending by 2021
  • Eurozone agrees Greek bailout payment
  • UN resolution to create office on counter-terrorism
  • Cuba deal canceled
  • Record number of women in Parliament
  • UNICEF names first refugee ambassador
  • UN resolution on Sahel force
  • Olympics sponsorship deal
  • World’s highest rail track survey
  • China passes tough new intelligence law
  • First in Africa to get latest AIDS drug
  • China launches biggest Navy destroyer

May 2017

  • May Day 2017
  • Nepal’s first female chief justice suspended
  • World’s fastest film camera developed
  • World Press Freedom Index released
  • World’s first quantum computing machine
  • India, South Africa, US oppose G20 draft
  • South Korea’s Moon sworn in
  • Chinese Prez pledges billions of dollars for new Silk Road
  • WhatsApp’s 2016 privacy policy
  • World Telecom Day
  • Deadline for Poland
  • ICJ rules in India’s favour
  • First draft nuclear ban treaty
  • World’s largest aircraft completes test flight
  • H1-B visa Bill re-introduced
  • First-ever WHO report on Tobacco

April 2017

  • Global Nutrition Report 2016
  • Depression main reason for disability: WHO
  • Intel bets on artificial intelligence
  • Energy Finance’s Climate scope report
  • EMEIA Fraud Survey 2017
  • China launches 1st high-throughput communications satellite
  • First black woman on NY court found dead
  • First ever ‘Sagarmatha Friendship-2017’
  • GBU-43 bomb dropped
  • China delivers third maritime patrol ship to Pakistan
  • Sagarmatha Friendship 2017 begins
  • Indians in Forbes under 30 list
  • World Heritage Day
  • China rename 6 places in Arunachal
  • UN discovers 17 new mass graves
  • Australia first’ 457 visa
  • The Panama Papers are back
  • Most places renamed by China have Tibet links
  • UN hosts aid-pledging conference
  • International panel rejects stay on Cairn arbitration
  • China launches first home-grown aircraft carrier
  • First ever United Nations rights in North Korea
  • Start of ‘spring offensive’
  • Journey on modern “Silk Road” completes

March 2017

  • Pakistan elected as SAARC Secretary General
  • Commonwealth initiative to stamp out domestic violence
  • World faces the largest humanitarian crisis: UN
  • Scotland to seek independence referendum over Brexit
  • Bangladesh declares March 25 as ‘Genocide Day’
  • World’s most ethical companies’ list
  • North Korea tests high thrust rocket engine
  • World Happiness Index 2017
  • China-backed AIIB
  • World moving towards green economy: UN
  • World Conference on Environment
  • Earth Hour turns 10

February 2017

  • World Wetland day 2017
  • UN removes Afghan warlord from terrorists list
  • Afghan civilian casualties hit record high in 2016
  • Russia, Iran working to undermine NATO efforts
  • Arab world’s first spacecraft
  • World’s most admired companies list
  • UN report on action for gender equality
  • WTO ratifies first multilateral trade deal
  • Pakistan, Turkey sign 10 agreements
  • Venezuela, Libya again lose UN vote
  • China is the world’s principal IP infringer

January 2017

  • UNSC endorses Syria ceasefire
  • Russia delivers advanced Sukhoi jets to China
  • IEEFA report
  • Pakistan test-fires first sub-launched cruise missile
  • H1B visa reform to increase IT firms
  • UN FAO report on World food prices
  • UN report on E-waste
  • World’s lightest watch unveiled
  • The world’s most innovative economies
  • China commissions 31st stealth warship
  • Poor countries allowed to import generic drugs
  • FT Global Ranking

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