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The Fourth and Final Funders Forum took place on 28 October 2021. The objective of the Forum were to: (i) adopt the SOFF Terms of Reference as the basis for funders’ pledges; (ii) seek an indication of pledges that will be formally and publicly announced at the ministerial-level COP26 SOFF event; and (iii) inform participants about the COP26 SOFF announcement and pledging event and next steps after pledging.


This document presents the Terms of Reference of the Systematic Observations Financing Facility (SOFF) UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund (UN MPTF).
The SOFF Terms of Reference are the result of an intensive two-year participatory process to which many stakeholders contributed. They reflect the outcomes of the SOFF potential Funders’ Forums that took place in March, June, and September 2021.
The document provides the basis for the Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of the SOFF as a UN MPTF and for the administrative arrangements for financial contributions to the Facility. The SOFF Terms of Reference will serve as the basis for the SOFF initial pledging and subsequent resource mobilization. Future amendments to the Terms of Reference will be coordinated and approved by the SOFF Steering Committee once the Facility is established.

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