International Events For UPSC Prelims and Mains 2019

As you know Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2019 will be conducted on 2nd June 2019, and mains will be starting from 20th September 2019 in which current affairs will play a crucial role.

So in this article, we will be updating all important Environment and Ecology Current Affairs between January 2018 to August 2019 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.

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

Prelims – 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.

December 2018

  • America’s 41st President dies
  • Qatar to withdraw from OPEC
  • Global Hackathon On Artificial Intelligence
  • India abstains from voting on Hamas
  • Saudi Arabia hosts the GCC summit
  • Nepal bans the use of Indian currency
  • India rejects claim over Jinnah House
  • ‘Yellow vest’ tax cuts
  • China successfully tests S-400

November 2018

  • 486 mn in Asia still hungry
  • Concern over politicization of human rights
  • India to participate in China’s first international import expo
  • India elected as a Member of ITU
  • UN issues special Diwali stamp
  • Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities 2018
  • Global Food outlook
  • China launches aviation fuel index
  • World’s first AI news anchor
  • UEF and WIEF eye on sovereign wealth fund
  • Solih sworn in as Maldives president
  • US-China divisions at APEC summit
  • Global talent ranking 2018
  • World malaria report 2018
  • EU unveils strategy
  • Spain digs in on Gibraltar
  • Koreas gain UN sanctions exemption
  • EU leaders approve Brexit deal
  • Koreas bid for UNESCO recognition
  • UN FAO report
  • India rejects US charge

October 2018

  • Macedonia voting to change its name
  • Canada, US reach deal to save NAFTA
  • First Hyperloop capsule unveiled
  • Draft proposes fresh US immigration curb
  • IMF-World Bank ends meetings
  • First industrialised nation to legalise cannabis
  • Emergency call to reform the MTS
  • 2nd World Conference on SDGs
  • World Economic Outlook report
  • UN model for cross-border insolvency cases
  • China drops ban on rapeseed meal
  • NATO’s biggest peacetime drill kicks off
  • International Arya Mahasammelan 2018
  • United Nations World Data Forum
  • Political conundrum in Sri Lanka
  • Ireland re-elects president

September 2018

  • UN regrets for US stop funding to UNRWA
  • UN court hears the case over strategic Indian Ocean islands
  • Eight lakh people commit suicide every year: WHO
  • Global hunger on the rise: UN
  • Corruption costs $2.6 trillion or 5% of global GDP, says U.N. chief
  • Typhoon slams into China after killing 59 in the Philippines
  • A new partner of CPEC project
  • New President of Maldive
  • Global status report on alcohol 2018
  • No Nobel prize for literature this year

August 2018

  • Successful Test of NAG
  • UN report on N Korea’s missile programs
  • UK unveils new organ donation plan
  • China tests first hypersonic aircraft
  • Global Liveability Index 2018
  • Pakistan’s 22nd Prime Minister
  • 3rd largest group affected by UK’s immigration scandal
  • Exercise SCO Peace Mission 2018
  • Iran goes to UN’s highest court
  • United Nations investigators report
  • Key takeaways of US-Mexico trade deal

July 2018

  • Golden Globe Race 2018
  • Afghanistan ends ceasefire
  • Global norms in polio vaccine evaluation
  • Cuba to reshape with the new constitution
  • China files WTO challenge to the tariff plan
  • Divisive Jewish nation-state law
  • Agree to restore calm in the Gaza Strip
  • UN to support aid in Syria
  • UN at risk of running out of cash
  • EU to propose a tough law for Google

June 2018

  • Outline of Rohingya return deal
  • Sissi sworn in for a second term
  • New PM of Spain
  • UN General Assembly elects next president
  • New satellite to BRI countries
  • UN sign pact for Rohingya return
  • Pakistan, Russia finalise the agreement on the undersea gas pipeline
  • UN Security Council elects new members
  • Nepal closes UN-DPA office
  • US quits UN Human Rights Council

May 2018

  • Accession to the Protocol under WHO
  • SC rejects govt’s plea on ST/ST Act
  • Workshop on disaster database concludes
  • Nobel Literature Prize 2018 postponed
  • Lebanon holds 1st parliamentary elections
  • Fail to agree on Nile dispute
  • China’s first indigenously built aircraft carrier
  • South Asia Press Freedom Report 2017-18
  • First ever WHO lists essential tests
  • Nord Stream pipeline
  • First ever strategic bombers in SCS
  • China extends currency swap deal
  • GDPR come into effect
  • First edition of the Global Wind Summit
  • India to attend WTO members meet in Paris
  • Protest over Gilgit-Baltistan order
  • Global health monitoring mechanism
  • International Conference on the TRIPS CBD Linkage

April 2018

  • Russia expels diplomats
  • UN approves ‘largest-ever’ set of sanctions
  • India opposes ‘weaponisation’in UN
  • UNSC terror list
  • World Health Day 2018
  • Japan activates first marines since WW2
  • UAE, Malaysia conclude joint military exercise
  • Hardest hit by protectionism in G-20 club
  • UN rejects Russian attempt
  • Counterpoint to rising protectionism
  • Cuba to get new President
  • Six countries suspend in UNASUR
  • Toughens H1-B visa procedure
  • World Malaria Day
  • Intellectual property offenders report
  • North, South Korea agree to end war
  • NCLAT stays penalty on Google

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

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

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