Andrew Parsons, right, met with Nancy Faeser to discuss Paralympic development in Germany ©BMI

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons met with Germany's Federal Minister of the Interior and Community Nancy Faeser in Berlin to discuss using sport as a catalyst for social change in the country.

Parsons spoke to Faeser on the importance of the Paralympic Movement and the body's campaign #WeThe15 which calls for more support for the 15 per cent of the world's population with a disability.

"I was really looking forward to this personal appointment here in Berlin, because I felt the need to get to know Minister Faeser personally and to thank her for Germany's support," said Parsons.

"For us at the IPC change starts with sport. 

"We are very pleased that Para sport also plays an important role in society here in Germany and hope that its importance will continue to grow in the years to come."

The pair spoke about the impact of sport on the inclusion of people with a disability in societies, the strategic direction of the Paralympic Movement and the focus of the German Government in supporting development pathways for athletes with disabilities.

"It is fortunate that the International Paralympic Committee, which operates worldwide, has been based in Germany for many years, and I am very pleased that we will continue our good partnership in the years to come," said Faeser.

"The Paralympic Movement and sport for people with disabilities in general deserve the highest recognition for their ability to positively impact societies."

The IPC has been based in the Westphalian city of Bonn since 1999 after being founded in Düsseldorf 10 years prior.