Global approach for sustained high-quality international data exchange as a measure of success
Innovative, long-term finance for sustainable progress towards Global Basic Observing Network (GBON) compliance
Technical competencies enhanced through peer-to-peer advisory support
Leverage partners‘ resources for complementary and coordinated support across the meteorological value chain
Goal: Contribute to strengthening climate adaptation and resilient development
How: Through improved weather forecasts, early warning systems and climate information services that save lives and livelihoods and protect property.
By: Providing grant financing and technical assistance for the sustained collection and international exchange of surface-based weather and climate observations according to the Global Basic Observing Network regulations.
Where: In countries with the most severe shortfalls in observations, prioritising the Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States.
SOFF is working to deliver sustained compliance with the Global Basic Observing Network. This leads to improved weather and climate prediction productsFind out more
"As the climate crisis worsens, it is crucial that we boost the power of prediction for everyone so countries can reduce disaster risk. That is why we have launched an initiative to ensure that every person on Earth is protected by early warning systems within the next five years. The Systematic Observations Financing Facility (SOFF) is an essential tool to achieve this."
United Nations Secretary-General
The United Nations Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) Office is the trustee of SOFF. The United Nations MPTF Office is the centre of expertise in pooled funding, and the only United Nations entity dedicated to the design and administration of multi-stakeholder pooled financing instruments, including SOFF. The United Nations MPTF Office Gateway provides up-to-date financial information of contributions, overall status, and each project of SOFF.Find out more
Achieving sustained standardized climate and weather data exchange requires the effective collaboration of many stakeholders. SOFF aims to maximize synergies and opportunities to ensure that the improved weather and climate data enabled by SOFF effectively translates into socio-economic benefits.
Non-decision making Members:
UNDP & UNEP
LDC Group and AOSIS
UNMPTF Office (ex-officio)
SOFF Secretariat (ex-officio)
LDC and SIDS
eligible countries (readiness)
Multilateral Development Banks and UN Organisations
SOFF is a foundational element and delivery vehicle of this initiative. It was announced by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and launched in 2022. SOFF strengthens the data foundation that underpins early warning systems and adaptation efforts. Warnings are only as good as the data they are built upon.
The countries with the biggest data gaps are also the vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. SOFF supports these countries with grants and technical assistance to collect basic weather and climate data and share it internationally.
Thus, providing observations that are an essential global public good. SOFF addresses this gap, while other partners supporting the Early Warnings for All initiative focus on forecasting, warnings, delivery of weather and climate information services, and actions to increase resilience and support adaptation to climate change.
The UN, governments and partners will work together to achieve Early Warnings for All by 2027. Financing solutions such as SOFF and Climate Risk Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Initiative are delivering on the goal.