Germany and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization have pledged to help build a rehabilitation center for victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

UNESCO Secretary-General Federico Mayor told a news conference Saturday in the Ukrainian capital his organization and Germany would give $100,000 each to the project."Emotions must be transformed into actions," he said after a three-day visit to the Chernobyl plant and areas still affected by the April 1986 explosion and fire. "I was very moved by what I saw."

The center is one of three to be erected to help treat victims of the disaster in the Ukraine, Byelorussia and the Russian Federation, the worst affected Soviet republics.

French fashion designer Pierre Cardin told reporters he planned to begin sales of jewelry and sculpture this month with the proceeds going to help Chernobyl victims.

Items sold, he said, would bear the inscription "Chernobyl, never again. Priority - the environment."

The Chernobyl disaster killed at least 30 people in its immediate aftermath and spread a cloud of radioactivity across Europe.

Soviet authorities have acknowledged they grossly underestimated the scope of the cleanup and more than 100,000 residents had to be moved from their homes last year because of high radiation.