The Convention has three main goals: the conservation of biodiversity, sustainable use of the components of biodiversity, and sharing the benefits arising from the commercial and other utilization of genetic resources in a fair and equitable way. The Convention is comprehensive in its goals, and deals with an issue so vital to humanitys future, that it stands as a landmark in international law. It links traditional conservation efforts to the economic goal of using biological resources sustainably.
It sets principles for the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the use of genetic resources, notably those destined for commercial use. But eleven years passed since the Convention entered into force. That is why some of its provisions are in the greatest need of revision, namely provision 1 in Article 17. It is connected with exchange of information: the Contracting Parties shall facilitate the exchange of information, from all publicly available sources, relevant to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, taking into account the special needs of developing countries.
Today we live in informational society. Information is one of the most valuable things that we can get. By means of information we can avoid great danger. It is very important to be well informed, especially in ecological sphere. That is why the word facilitate is too weak to stress all the value of the provision concerning the exchange of information. It should be replaced by such words as ensure or provide. In that event this provision will get modern strict sense and the importance of informational exchange will be stressed.