At the 25 May 2012 meeting of the Standing Committee on the General Status and Operation of the Convention, the President-Designate presented initial ideas and a draft agenda and programme for the 12MSP. There was general satisfaction with the approach proposed by the President-Designate and he subsequently submitted the draft agenda and programme for adoption at the beginning of the 12MSP
Following the 25 May meeting of the Standing Committee on the General Status and Operation of the Convention, the President-Designate wrote to all delegations to invite initial input on the preparation of the Geneva Progress Report. On 31 July 2012, the President-Designate distributed an initial draft to all delegations.
On 3 September 2012, the President-Designate convened an informal meeting to discuss preparations for the 12MSP. At this meeting, the President-Designate invited views on the draft Geneva Progress Report and updated delegations on other substantive preparations. He subsequently invited written comments on the draft Geneva Progress Report.